The family of Tommy Le, a 20-year-old high school senior who was shot and killed in Burien on June 13, 2017, filed a wrongful death/civil rights lawsuitÂ against the King County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday, Sept. 7.
The lawsuit claims that Le was shot twice in the back by Molina, and that he was unarmed.Â The King County Sheriff’s Office originally said that witnesses claimed Le was armed with a knife, and that he was shouting that he was ‘The Creator’ and acting erratically during the tragic incident.
Two tasers were ineffective in stopping him, and he was shot and killed as he allegedly advanced on officers, police said.
Police releasedÂ multiple 9-1-1 calls regarding the incident in the 13600 block of 3rd Ave S., and say that when they arrived on the scene multiple witnesses told them that Le was armed with a knife, and that he had confronted at least two people in the area before they arrived.
Le apparently was just hours away from graduating through the Career Link High School Completion Program, having picked up his cap and gown earlier that afternoon.
Known by his classmates and teachers as a â€œgoofyâ€ and â€œbubblyâ€ kid, Tommy had come a long way from when he first entered the alternative high school after dropping out of Evergreen High School. Having earned enough credits to graduate on a final exam the morning of his death, Tommy had plans to attend South Seattle Community College, according to his Father, Sunny Le.
Family of Tommy Le is announcing claim against KIng Co Sheriff’s Office over deputy’s shooting of unarmed 20-year-old in Burien in June
â€” Joe Copeland (@joecopeland) September 7, 2017
Tommy Le’s family has called a press conference. Announcing wrongful death/civil rights tort claim + autopsy. Le shot twice in back pic.twitter.com/zVcgNApEih
â€” Steven Hsieh (@stevenjhsieh) September 7, 2017
â€” Hana Kim (@hanamkim) September 7, 2017
— Steve McCarron KOMO (@SteveTVNews) September 7, 2017