MEDFORD, Ore. — A family member and a friend of a man shot and killed by U.S. Marshals in Medford in 2012 are now suing the federal government.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court.
20-year-old Jimmy Georgeson was shot by marshals after they say he tried to ram officers with his car in the Albertson’s parking lot on West Main Street in January 2012.
The lawsuit was filed by Karly Grieco, Georgeson’s sister, and Kaiden Haight, a friend who was in Georgeson’s car during the incident. Grieco is seeking $1.5 million in damages, and Haight is seeking $1.2 million.
Marshals fired more than 20 shots in the incident. Georgeson was wanted on a probation violation for attacking a deputy marshal in 2009. According to a simulation provided after the incident in 2012, Marshals tried pinning Georgeson’s SUV in front of Albertson’s, but Georgeso backed up into a pillar. One marshal got out and opened fire. Georgeson then sped forward and rammed a marshal’s car and another car. Another marshal got out and tried getting in position, and Georgeson backed up again and hit another marshal’s car. Two marshals got in position and opened fire, killing Georgeson. For more details about the incident, click here.