PERRYTON, TX (KFDA) - The family of a man shot by a Perryton policeman two years ago filed a federal lawsuit today, saying the city, police chief and officer violated his civil rights.
Sergeant Hector Villarreal shot Scott Pickett four times on May 2, 2016.
The lawsuit says 22-year-old Pickett has the mental capacity of a young child and has cerebral palsy.
Villarreal was responding to a report of a young man with a gun who was walking toward a school. However, the lawsuit says Pickett was returning from a convenience story carrying a toy gun and was complying with orders from another officer to get on the ground.
The lawsuit lists multiple complaints and suspensions for Villarreal while he was on the force in Laredo.
Chief William Hill was not available for comment on Thursday, April 19, but at the time of the incident, he said, "We have good police officers here."