FERNDALE, Mich. — Dash cam video will be at the center of a lawsuit against the Ferndale Police Department and one of its former officers who fatally shot a driver in an incident two weeks ago.
During the incident, Officer Lowell Phillips shot a 59-year-old man after he fled from several officers in his car, WDIV reported.
Phillips pulled over Laszlo Latitis’ 1999 Cougar and said he noticed a bottle of pills and several bags of marijuana in his glovebox. When Latitis realized the officer saw the drugs, he sped off and a chase ensued, police said.
According to an internal investigation by the police department, Latitis was using his vehicle as a weapon, and because Phillips felt threatened, the shooting was justified.
County prosecutors determined Phillips shot Latitis, who was unarmed, as a self-defense mechanism.
Latitis’ wife is pursuing a lawsuit against the police department. Her attorney, who called the cop “nothing more than a gun-toting cowboy,” claims he has uncovered lies.
Phillips has been fired, though it was due to previous conduct, not the shooting, according to WDIV.