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Casper officers respond to family’s wrongful death suit

April 14, 2019

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Two Wyoming police officers are denying claims that they violated a man’s constitutional rights when they shot and killed him in 2018.

Douglas Oneyear’s family filed a federal lawsuit in February alleging wrongful death in the February 2018 shooting. Officials have said police investigating a reported assault encountered Oneyear, who was carrying a sword, in Casper.

The Casper Star Tribune reports that the suit says the sword was a toy and police could have subdued Oneyear.

In court documents filed Wednesday, officers Jonathan Schlager and Cody Meyers dispute that description of the sword. Attorneys argue that the officers acted properly under state law.

Prosecutors have previously decided that the officers would not face charges. They concluded Oneyear intended to end his own life when he confronted the officers.