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Family of teen shot, killed by LA sheriff's deputies considers lawsuit

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The family of a 16-year-old boy seeks to file a wrongful death lawsuit after sheriff's deputies in Compton shot and killed the teenager during the weekend. More on the story from KPCC's Shirley Jahad.

Shirley Jahad: Sixteen-year-old Avery Cody's family says the boy had just finished eating with friends at McDonald's on Sunday afternoon. The teens headed from there to a friend’s house down the street play video games.

That's when sheriff's deputies in an unmarked cruiser passed along Alondra Blvd. Officers asked the teens to come over, lean against the car, and pull up their shirts. Family attorney John Sweeney said Cody did all that, but then he ran off. That's when an officer got out of the passenger seat, shot, and killed the teen.

John Sweeney: He was running away when he was shot. And he did not have a gun in his hand. He was not brandishing a gun.

Jahad: Sweeney questioned why anyone in the squad car would draw a weapon.

Sweeney: They were in no danger of being injured. There was no deadly force used against them. A reasonable person would never believe his life was in danger given the same set of circumstances.

Jahad: L.A. County Sheriff's officials say they recovered a loaded handgun at the scene. They also say several agencies – the L.A.County district attorney’s office, internal affairs, and the office of independent review – are investigating the shooting.