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Family of man killed by ofc. files lawsuit

Posted at 4:25 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 17:50:46-04

TULSA –   The mother and wife of a man killed as a result of an officer-involved shooting in 2014 are suing the City of Tulsa as well as the officer.

In the civil rights lawsuit filed March 23, Natasha Joubert-Armstrong and Vanesta Davis are seeking $75,000 in damages from the City of Tulsa for the death of 27-year-old Deandre Lloyd Starks.

Starks was shot by Sgt. Mark Wollmershauser Jr. during a police raid at 239 E. Young St. when Tulsa police officers used a search warrant to look for drugs.

TPD says Wollmershauser “was forced to use deadly force,” and shot Stark in the back. Stark later died as a result of those injuries.

The document says Armstrong and Davis are seeking the aforementioned amount because they believe Wollmershauser took those actions as a result of how he was taught within the Tulsa Police Department.

The two are also claiming that Wollmershauser’s actions were intentional and even “malicious.”

After being reviewed by a Deadly Force Review, the Wollmershauser’s actions were deemed “within policy.”

Because of this conclusion, Armstrong and Davis are requesting that the City of Tulsa, specifically the chief of police and the deputy chief, take responsibility for the damages experienced as a result of the shooting death of Stark.