Kansas widow sues sheriff, undersheriff over shooting death

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The widow of an unarmed Kansas man killed last month during an encounter with Barber County deputies has sued the Barber County sheriff and his undersheriff.

Kristina Myers' filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging law enforcement officials used excessive force when they killed 42-year-old husband, Steven. He was shot by undersheriff Virgil Brewer at close range with a beanbag round on Oct. 6 in Sun City, Kansas.

The sheriff's office referred comment to the county attorney's office, which did not immediately return a phone message.

The lawsuit contends video shows Myers was standing with empty hands at his sides, and did not threaten officers or attempted to escape.

Video from a body camera captured Sheriff Lonnie Small saying, "Shot him with a beanbag round. Hadn't shot anybody with it yet."