$10+ Million Award In ABQ Police Shooting

Mar 16, 2013

Jurors have awarded more than $10 million in damages in the civil case of an Iraq War veteran who was fatally shot by an Albuquerque police officer three years ago.

Jurors announced the verdict Friday after several hours of deliberation.

The case stems from Officer Brett Lampiris-Tremba's 2010 shooting of Kenneth Ellis during a standoff in front of a convenience store. Ellis suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to police, Lampiris-Tremba shot Ellis once in the neck after the veteran pointed a gun to his own head.

Lampiris-Tremba was cleared of wrongdoing by police internal affairs and a grand jury, but a state district judge ruled last month that the officer used excessive force.

Members of the Ellis family hugged each other after the verdict was announced.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.