OMAHA, Neb. — The family of a man shot by an Omaha police officer last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the former officer who fired the fatal shot.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Douglas County District Court and seeks $2 million for the Feb. 23, 2015, shooting death of 39-year-old Danny Elrod. Police confronted Elrod, who was suspected of robbing a nearby store, and say Officer Alvin Lugod shot him after Elrod refused to comply with commands and turned and reached for a fence behind him. An investigation determined Elrod was unarmed when he was shot, but cleared Lugod of wrongdoing in the shooting.
Lugod resigned following a departmental investigation.
The lawsuit offers to settle the case for $500,000.