Updated: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 10:51 AM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 10:51 AM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque police detective testifying in a wrongful-death lawsuit said he feared for his own safety and that of fellow officers when he shot and killed an Iraq War veteran during a 2010 confrontation.
Detective Brett Lampiris-Tremba also explained his decision to shoot Kenneth Ellis III by saying Ellis had told his mother during a phone call that he didn't want to go to prison and because of movements that Ellis made.
Lampiris-Tremba testified Monday while being questioned by a lawyer for Ellis' family.
The detective, another officer and the city are defendants in the case.
According to the Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/14RPE4I), a judge has already ruled that the shooting was unlawful, so the jury will decide other questions, including whether to award damages.