A Closer Look at Lawsuit Against Denver City Officer

Published 04/25 2014 10:19PM

Updated 04/25 2014 10:33PM

by Victoria Price

HOBBS, NM -- The family of a Denver City woman killed by police last fall is now suing the officer responsible, claiming it was a wrongful death.

In that suit, the family of Amy Reyna argues that Denver City PD officer Cpl. Ryan Taylor used excessive force the day he shot Reyna. But, he is far from the only name listed on the complaint.

The Yoakum County Sheriff's Department, Lea County Sheriff's Department, and their deputies on the scene that day are all included as well. That's because the complaint argues that neither agency acted to constrain Taylor within their jurisdiction.

"Our theory is that the Lea County deputies  should have told Ryan Taylor to back off," according to the family's attorney, Joe Zebas. "Instead, they let Ryan Taylor run roughshot all over them!"

Taylor's case has not yet been presented to a court, and the Lea County District Attorney has not said if she intends to press criminal charges. But the possibility is still there.

"At that point, we will hold back in the civil pursuit of the matter and wait for the criminal matter to play out," Zebas says.

While the family is seeking damages, Zebas says it'll take more than that to get them on the road to recovery.

"The kids are empty. Their mom's never coming home," he says. "At the end of the day, they just want justice."

Related story: 'A Fatal Controversy' -- Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Denver City Officer

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