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first_imgA Vancouver police officer is one of two former Fresno Police Department officers on trial this week in a federal wrongful death lawsuit in the California city for shooting a man to death in March 2009 in the parking lot of an apartment complex.The lawsuit, filed by the parents of Stephen Willis, 23, accuses Greg Catton of Vancouver and Daniel Astacio of the Fresno area of shooting Willis without identifying themselves as police officers and without warning him.Following an investigation, the former officers were cleared of any wrongdoing. Both left the Fresno Police Department after the incident but are not allowed to say whether they were fired or resigned, according to the Fresno Bee newspaper. The Vancouver Police Department hired Catton in September, and department leadership was aware of the pending litigation against him, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. He is on leave without pay during the trial, Kapp said.The former Fresno officers’ defense has been that Catton told Willis he was a police officer. Then, Willis pulled a handgun from a holster and fired a shot at Catton, prompting Astacio, and then Catton, to open fire. However, during testimony in the trial, their accounts of the event have differed, according to the Fresno Bee. Catton on Monday testified that Willis hadn’t fired at him before Astacio shot Willis, but Willis was pulling the gun from its holster, the newspaper reported. Astacio testified last week that he fired at Willis after Willis pointed that gun at Catton and fired it, according to the newspaper.last_img read more

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