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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The family of an Army veteran who was shot and killed by Lodi officers has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the police department.

An attorney for the family of Parminder Singh Shergill filed the suit Thursday and also released statements from 17 people who witnessed some of the January confrontation.

Family attorney Mark Merin says the statements contradict a police account.

The department has released a general explanation saying the officers had no choice but to kill Shergill after he charged them with a knife.

The confrontation happened after Shergill's mother called police after he abruptly left the house while in a bad mental state.

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Police officials did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

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