GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Former Grand Rapids Police Officer Christopher Schurr has asked that a federal lawsuit in the April killing of a motorist be dismissed.

The family of 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya is seeking a $100 million award. They say Schurr used excessive force when he shot Lyoya in the back of his head during a lengthy struggle during a traffic stop on April 4, 2022.

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However, Lyoya’s attorney said Schurr only shot Lyoya after he gained control of Schurr’s officer’s taser. Schurr has said repeatedly he feared for his life. Toxicology results later revealed Lyoya’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when Schurr pulled him over.

The 32-year-old Schurr is facing second-degree murder in Lyoya’s death. He is set for a March 13 trial in Kent County Circuit Court but it could be pushed back by defense appeals.

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