Villareal's family files charges against Kennewick and Police Dept.
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Attorneys for Christopher Villareal's three children and parents have filed a civil suit against several parties they believed played a part in the Kennewick man's death.
Co-Councilor Dennis Hanson with Rodriguez and Associates represents the family along with Norma Rodriguez.
The suit names Lee Cooper as a defendant, the officer who fired at Christopher Villareal in 2009. It also names the City of Kennewick, the Kennewick Police Department, Police Chief Ken Hohenberg and Sergeant Ken Lattin.
Hanson says they have several causes of action listed in the suit, including a civil rights violation, excessive use of force, wrongful death and negligence.
39 year old Christopher Villareal was pulled over after driving erratically on September 14, 2009.
There was a confrontation and Kennewick Police Officer Lee Cooper shot him twice in a downtown Kennewick parking lot. Cooper claimed self defense.
Last September, following an investigation by the FBI, the Department of Justice determined that they would not file any criminal charges against Cooper.