Suit filed in fatal SLC deputy-involved shooting

Posted at 8:39 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 21:30:31-05

The family of a Fort Pierce man, killed by a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Deputy, has filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office, and the deputy involved.

Monique Davis points out where tear gas canisters tore through her home on Avenue Q in January of 2014.

“This is something that will stick with us for the rest of our lives,” said Davis.

Davis’ fiancé Greg Hill, was already dead in the garage.

“Sometimes I go on the porch and talk to him and shed a couple of tears,” said Viola Bryant, Davis’ mother.              

Deputies were called out to the home initially for a complaint of loud music.

After getting no response at first, deputies say Hill finally began to lift his garage door, and that he was armed.  As he put the door back down, the Sheriff says Hill pointed the gun at deputies.

Hill family attorney John Phillips claims Hill’s gun was completely concealed in his back pocket.

Deputy Christopher Newman fired 4 shots through the closing garage door. One struck Hill in the head.  No one has lived in the home since the shooting.

The family hopes the lawsuit will bring them closer to the truth.

“Some people think that filing a lawsuit is about monetary value and gaining something. It’s more questions answered,” said Hill’s sister Shershana Hill.

At the time, Sheriff Ken Mascara said the shooting was justified, and a grand jury cleared Deputy Newman of any wrongdoing.

The Sheriff’s Office says they can’t comment on pending litigation.