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Parents of teen shot by police sue Shelbyville, officers

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The family of a Shelbyville, Ky., teenager shot and killed by police last year has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against two city officers involved, the police chief, the Shelbyville police department and the city.

The parents of Trey Williams, who was 18 when he died on November 19, 2011, filed the suit in court in Louisville Tuesday.

They allege that officers Suzanna Marcum and Frank Willoughby were negligent, improperly trained and used excessive force in their handling of an incident with Williams in his grandmother's house.

That incident included a violent confrontation recorded on video from a Taser device moments before Shelbyville officer Suzanna Marcum shot and killed Williams, as WDRB News reported in November 2011 and in February.

The lawsuit accused the officers of escalating a situation "where no one's safety was in jeopardy," the lawsuit said.

A grand jury later cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.

The officers had responded to a report of a shirtless man, possibly mentally ill, waving a "pipe" in the air. That person also was reported to have broken a window at Williams' grandmother's home, police said.

The officers gained entry to the home with the help of a maintenance worker and without a search warrant, the lawsuit said.

Williams' family plans a vigil outside the grandmother's home on Monday afternoon, marking one year since the incident.

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