Harris Co., TX Deputy Sues Family Who Called 911 for Help

From The Houston Chronicle By Robert Stanton | August 15, 2013

A Harris County sheriff’s deputy is suing the family of a man he shot and killed when assisting on a call last December, saying they failed to warn emergency personnel and law enforcement that the man was a “violent threat.”

Deputy Brady Pullen is seeking $200,000 from relatives of Kemal Yazar, who authorities said confronted EMS workers who responded to a 911 call at a Katy home. The man’s wife, authorities said then, had told EMS that Yazar was acting irrationally.

Two deputies, including Pullen, who were called to help struggled with Yazar and used a Taser on him, officials said then. Both deputies fired shots at him, killing him. Pullen was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment of a concussion, cuts and a bite.

The Dec. 30 incident occurred at the home on Shiloh Mist owned by Camina Figueroa, who is solely named in the lawsuit. Pullen said Figueroa failed to “adequately warn others that her resident or guest Kemal Yazar posed a violent threat to others.”

The lawsuit, filed by Austin attorney Mark W. Long, states that Yazar “had been either smoking or ingesting a drug commonly called ‘bath salts’ or some other mind-altering substance for days.”

He was so mentally unstable that “defendant (Figueroa) decided to evacuate the children for safety reasons” before calling 911, the lawsuit states.

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