Kin of Selden Man Shot by Police Files Lawsuit

Relatives of a Long Island man fatally shot in a confrontation with police have filed a federal lawsuit.

The family of Kevin Callahan claims Suffolk County police used excessive force when they shot him inside his Selden home last September.

The family said they had called police because they were worried about Callahan. He had been released a day earlier from Stony Brook Hospital, where he was treated for drug use.


Attorney Bruce Barket says the shooting was unjustified. He says Callahan did not have a gun when officers confronted him.

A police statement said a thorough review of the shooting took place, including by a Suffolk County grand jury. It noted no officers were charged. The department said the county would fight the lawsuit, but declined further comment.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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