Thursday, July 24, 2008

Family of Dead Man to Sue San Diego Harbor Police

The family of a man who was fatally shot by San Diego Harbor Police last weekend will reportedly sue the department.

The family of Steven Paul Hirschfield will file the suit, claiming negligence on the part of the department. Hirschfield died late Saturday night after being pulled out of San Diego Bay while in town to celebrate Gay Pride Day. He had reportedly fallen off of a party boat.

After being rescued from the water, Hirschfield, 37, allegedly began to fight with one of the two officers and hit the officer in the face with his stun gun. The other officer then reportedly shot Hirschfield one time. He died at the scene.

The officer who was initially involved in the reported struggle with Hirschfield suffered leg and face injuries and was hospitalized overnight.

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