A widow of an 80-year-old man who was shot and killed in his home by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies has filed a $50 million lawsuit.
Detectives raided Tonya Pate’s Littlerock, Calif., home during the morning of June 27 and fatally shot Eugene Mallory, her 80-year-old husband, according to KABC.
Pate’s attorneys filed a wrongful death claim alleging that narcotic detectives suspected methamphetamine was being cooked on the property, and, armed with a search warrant, busted into the home unannounced and shot him dead in his bed. No meth was found.
Mallory was reportedly shot six times.
CBS Los Angeles reports an LASD deputy’s account of the incident sites that Mallory was not lying in bed and that he confronted deputies with a .22-caliber pistol upon entry to his home.
“The truth of the matter is a gentleman pointed a semi-automatic weapon at our deputies,” LASD spokesperson Steve Whitmore said.
The 48-year-old Pate said Mallory, a former engineer with Lockheed Martin, respected law enforcement and would never have used a gun against officers, according to KTLA.
“He would never point a gun at officers,” Pate said. “Every day I stay in that house with that bloody bedroom … where I know he was taken from me for no reason.”
Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say while detectives did not find meth on the property, they did find other drugs and two weapons.
Pate said her 22-year-old son from another relationship lives in a trailer on the couple's property and uses medical marijuana for a health issue. Her attorney noted only a small amount of medical marijuana was found on the property.