TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The widow of a man killed by Troy police in April has filed a lawsuit against the department and the officer who fired the fatal shot.
On April 17, Troy police said Edson Thevenin tried to evade arrest following a traffic stop and pinned Sgt. Randy French with his car. Then Sgt. French fired at Thevenin’s windshield.
A witness, however, told NEWS10 ABC they saw the officer shoot Thevenin, and then the witness said they saw the car roll forward and pin the officer.
Troy police said no video existed of the shooting incident between Sgt. French and Thevenin. The witness said they tried to help during the incident, and the witness said they gave a statement to Troy police.
Ten days later, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit in an effort to force the Rensselaer County district attorney to turn over the investigation into Thevenin’s death.
The lawsuit wanted to force DA Joel Abelove to comply with an executive order governing cases in which unarmed civilians are killed in interactions with police. The order specifically includes cases where, in the Attorney General’s opinion, there is a significant question as to whether the deceased person was armed and dangerous.
Ultimately, a settlement was reached where Abelove stopped his investigation and handed it over to Schneiderman.
In May, Thevenin’s widow filed a notice of claim against the city of Troy, the police department, and Abelove.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Thevenin’s wife and two sons. It alleges civil rights violations, including assault and battery.