Man paralyzed after Iowa police shooting sues officer, city

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Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting following a report of a man with a gun at the foot of the Sixth Street Bridge on April 7, 2021, in Waterloo, Iowa. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, a man who was paralyzed when an Iowa police officer shot him in April is suing the officer. Marcelino Alvarez-Victoriano contends the shooting was not justified. Authorities say a Waterloo police officer shot Alvarez-Victoriano after he pointed a pellet gun that looked like a shotgun at two Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies.(Jeff Reinitz/The Courier via AP)

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man who was paralyzed when an Iowa police officer shot him in April is suing the officer.

Marcelino Alvarez-Victoriano contends the shooting was not justified. Authorities say a Waterloo police officer shot Alvarez-Victoriano after he pointed a pellet gun that looked like a shotgun at two Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputies.

But the lawsuit filed Thursday questions the official version of events. It notes that few details have been released months after the shooting.

Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams says he’s still reviewing whether the officer’s use of force was justified.

Waterloo Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald says the officer has been cleared internally.

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