Family of Man Shot by Anchorage Police Sues

The family of man fatally shot by Anchorage police is suing the police department, officers and the city, claiming reckless, excessive force was used.

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ANCHORAGE- The family of man fatally shot by Anchorage police is suing the police department, officers and the city, claiming reckless, excessive force was used.

Anchorage attorney Philip Weidner is representing the family of Shane Tasi, who was fatally shot June 2012.
Weidner says the lawsuit filed Thursday seeks more than $1 million.
Police say officer Boaz Gionson fired at Tasi after Tasi approached him aggressively with a stick and refused repeated commands to put it down.
According to police, an investigation determined Gionson used justifiable force when he drew his service weapon and shot the 26-year-old man.
Police say a toxicology report showed that Tasi had a blood-alcohol level of 0.185, more than twice the legal driving limit. He also had metabolites of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids in his system.