PoliceOne Staff Report (LOS ANGELES)-The sister of the actor mistakenly killed by an LAPD officer who saw him holding a fake gun has filed a $100 million wrongful-death claim against the City of Los Angeles.
Anthony Dwain Lee, 39, who was shot in the back at an Oct. 28 Halloween party had appeared in the "ER" and "NYPD Blue," television series. If the claimed Monday filed by Tina Vogt, the actor's sister, is rejected by the city, a lawsuit will follow.
The city, the Police Department and the two officers present at the shooting are responsible for the Lee's killing, according to the claim. Only Officer Tarriel Hopper fired his weapon, according to police reports.
Hopper shot Lee after the actor suddenly turned suddenly and pointed a realistic-looking fake gun, police said. Medical examiners concluded Lee was shot from behind.
An LAPD spokesman declined to comment on the claim, the AP reported.