Family seeking $10M in wrongful death suit

Posted at 6:15 PM, Feb 09, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — The family of a man who was fatally shot by police outside a baby shower in suburban Detroit has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against police.

The federal lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of the family of 29-year-old Theoddeus Gray of Detroit. The suit says Gray was shot while unarmed and after surrendering to police in St. Clair Shores.

Gray was fatally shot Nov. 4 outside Lakeland Manor banquet hall after police got a report about a man with a gun.

Police Chief Todd Woodcox disputes Gray surrendered, telling The Macomb Daily that the lawsuit was “the first I’ve heard of any allegation that he had surrendered.”

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham says Gray was armed and his office’s investigation determined that the shooting was justified. A police dog also was killed.