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Family of man fatally shot by Waterloo police in 2012 files lawsuit against city and officers


WATERLOO, Iowa — The family of a Waterloo man shot and killed by police in 2012 is taking the city and officers to court.

The wrongful death lawsuit was brought by the estate of Derrick Ambrose Jr. on the two-year anniversary of his death, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ( ) reported.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said the 22-year-old was seen with a gun outside New World League in Waterloo on Nov. 18, 2012. Investigators say Ambrose fled from Waterloo authorities and ignored commands to stop.

Authorities say Ambrose stumbled and fell, then rose and turned toward Officer Kyle Law, who shot him twice. Ambrose's pistol was later found in a yard, and investigators concluded that Ambrose likely tossed the gun moments before the shooting.

A grand jury declined to charge Law.

The suit names the city of Waterloo, Law, the city's director of safety services and up to five unidentified police officers.

It claims officials failed to properly train and supervise Law. It says Ambrose didn't pose an immediate threat when he was fatally shot and called the use of force disproportionate to what was needed to detain him.

Assistant City Attorney David Zellhoefer said the city hasn't been served with a copy of the suit yet.

"I haven't seen it. I know what it's about. In our opinion, it has no merit, but it's in court, and we'll let the jury decide," Zellhoefer said.

Daniel Trelka, the city's director of safety services, declined to comment.

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier,

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