$7 Million claim filed against Phoenix in fatal police shooting

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By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
By Lindsay Robinson By Lindsay Robinson
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PHOENIX (AP) -- The family of a mentally ill woman who was fatally shot by Phoenix police last year has filed a $7 million claim against the city.

The claim is the precursor to a lawsuit.

Lawyers for Michelle Cusseaux's family announced the filing Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Cusseaux was shot Aug. 14 after police say she threatened officers with a hammer at an apartment as they tried taking her to an in-patient psychiatric facility. She died a short time later.

Cusseaux's family says she struggled with depression and bipolar disease, but had no violent history.

The claim alleges wrongful death, says police were negligent in the shooting and used excessive and unreasonable force. It also says officers were inadequately trained for dealing with the mentally ill.

Police didn't immediately respond to the filing.

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