Mother of man shot, killed by officer at gas station files lawsuit

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The mother of a 26-year-old man who was shot and killed by a police officer at a gas station on August 6 is filing a lawsuit against the officer.

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According to The Cochran Firm, they are filing a claim for damages on behalf of the mother of 26-year-old mentally ill shooting victim Michael Dozer.

The press release the firm sent out states that Officer Aaron Stringer confronted Michael Dozer, who has a history of suffering from mental illnesses, and killed him even though Dozer did not pose a deadly threat to the officer at the time of the shooting.

When Bakersfield police Officer Aaron Stringer arrived he noticed the man had something in his hand. Witnesses described it as either a u-shaped bicycle lock or a black metal object. Officer Stringer asked the man to drop it but he didn't and the officer then fired one shot at him and hit the suspect, Sgt. Grubbs said.

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