Family of Woman Killed by Police Seeks $50M

Friday, Apr 9, 2010  |  Updated 11:16 AM PDT
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Family of Woman Killed by Police Seeks $50M

Artie Ojeda

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The family of a woman accidentally killed by Escondido police as she tried to help catch her boyfriend is seeking $50 million from the city.

Jennifer Favreau was shot to death in October as police tried to stop Christopher Ramirez from leaving her apartment with a vehicle they believed was stolen.

The family says police requested Favreau sit in the front seat with him, and that officers opened fire when Ramirez rammed a patrol car. Ramirez survived but was sentenced to 11 months for violating parole.

A $50 million claim was filed this week on behalf of Favreau's 9-year-old daughter through the victim's mother. If the city denies the claim, the family can file a lawsuit.

Michael McGuinness, Escondido's deputy city attorney, says city officials will consider the claim.

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