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Family of Man Shot By Anchorage Police Sues

By | November 21, 2013

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 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.

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