Jury trial sought

Complaint alleges negligence, excessive force

The family of Tyler Rushing, who was killed in Chico last summer, filed a wrongful death complaint and demand for a jury trial on June 8 in federal district court.

Rushing died almost one year ago, on July 23, after being shot by private security guard Edgar Sanchez, who was responding to an alarm at a title company in downtown Chico. During a standoff, a wounded Rushing attacked Chico police officers and was shot twice by then-Chico Sgt. Scott Ruppel.

Rushing’s parents allege that those involved behaved negligently and used “excessive and unreasonable force” against their son, making decisions “motivated by evil motive or intent” and involving “reckless or callous indifference.”

They are seeking compensatory, general, special and punitive damages, statutory penalties and attorney’s fees and costs.