FAIRFIELD — The mother of an ex-con who was shot and killed by Fairfield police in July 2013 filed a wrongful death lawsuit this week against the department and the two officers involved in the shooting.
Janice Weeden’s son, Leigh Weeden, of Suisun City, got into a chase with police on the night of July 19, 2013, that began near the corner of East Tabor Avenue and Grande Circle.
Two Fairfield police officers, Chris Grimm and Eric Pulsipher, caught up to Weeden, 47, after he lost control of his black 2003 Hummer, crashing into an embankment alongside Bella Vista Drive. The officers say they returned fire after Weeden opened fire on them.
The wrongful death lawsuit claims Weeden was shot in the back more than 14 times.
The investigative report into the shooting is still pending at the Solano County District Attorney’s Office.
Weeden, a federal probationer at the time of the shooting, was looking at the possibility of being returned to prison for cocaine use. He was scheduled for a probation revocation hearing a week after the deadly confrontation. He previously did a 10-year prison sentence for an armed bank robbery in Reno, Nevada. Court records reflect that Weeden also had arrests for weapons offenses in several states.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and is scheduled to first be weighed by Judge David E. Power in October.
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