Family sues Conn. police for fatal shooting of S.C. man

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - The family of a South Carolina man who was shot to death by a Bridgeport police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming the officer was never in danger and violated police procedures.

A Connecticut prosecutor's report that cleared Lt. Brian Fitzgerald of wrongdoing said Fitzgerald feared for his safety when he shot 33-year-old Frederick McAllister of Florence, S.C., in the upper back on Jan. 31, 2008. The report says McAllister refused orders to put his hands up and reached for his waistband before being shot.

But McAllister's family alleges in a lawsuit filed in state court Wednesday that Fitzgerald was never in danger and wasn't trained properly.

A city attorney says the city will defend itself against the allegations.

Information from: Connecticut Post,

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