Family of Man Shot by Police File Wrongful Death Suit

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The family of a man shot and killed by police have filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Tuesday.

The suit claims St. Louis police were involved in an unauthorized chase on April 24 that ended with 25-year-old Cary Ball, Jr. being shot 20 times. The car Ball was in crashed at 8th and Cole. Ball got out and ran. Officers say they shot him when he pointed a weapon at them, though Ball never fired a  shot.

Ball's family says some witnesses say Ball's hands were in the air when the officers opened fire and they continued to shoot even after Ball had fallen to the ground.

The suit alleges that officers violated the police department's "no chase" policy.  That set off a chain of events that left Ball dead in the street.

The Ball family have hired attorneys Freeman Bosley Jr. and Daniel Brown to represent their wrongful death claim.

The city is not commenting about the lawsuit.