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Excessive force lawsuit dismissed in case of fatally shot naked man

Reginald "Reggie" Doucet Jr. was fatally shot by police in January 2011.
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The Los Angeles Police Commission previously ruled that a Los Angeles police officer was justified in the shooting of 25-year-old Reginald Doucet Jr. in January 2011.

On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed the excessive force lawsuit filed by his family, reports the L.A. Times, saying that police, under certain circumstances, are shielded for their official actions.

Doucet, a 6-foot-tall, 200-pound trainer, was shot to death while nearly nude during a confrontation outside his home in Playa Vista. 

Officers were acting in defense of their lives, said Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith. 

Authorities were called to the early morning scene while Doucet was naked and arguing with a taxi driver, according to the department. 

Unsuccessful in efforts to calm him, Doucet ran. When officers caught up with him, they claim Doucet went on the attack and began punching them in the face. The department alleges that Doucet grabbed the handle of Officer Aaron Goff's gun and tried to remove it from its holster.