APD officers testify in wrongful death lawsuit of mentally ill man

Posted at: 07/22/2013 11:08 AM
Updated at: 07/22/2013 12:32 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com



Christopher Torres, 27, was shot and killed by an APD police oficer in 2011.
Christopher Torres, 27, was shot and killed by an APD police oficer in 2011.

The Albuquerque police officers involved in the 2011 shooting death of a schizophrenic man will give their side of the story in court Monday.

Stephen Torres, father of the 27-year-old man shot and killed by an officer in April of 2011, filed a lawsuit against APD for damages on behalf of his son.

On Monday, lawyers will take deposition testimony of the officers involved in the shooting: Christopher Brown and Richard Hilger.

Police said Christopher Torres became violent while they attempted to arrest him, resulting in the shooting by detective Brown.

But a complaint filed by Stephen Torres alleges the department discriminated against his son because of his mental illness. Torres suffered from schizophrenia.

He also alleges the department used excessive force on his son. The hearing started at 9 a.m.

KOB has a reporter in the courtroom and will provide live updates on KOB Eyewitness News 4 at Noon.