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.
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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.”
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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.