Informant's family files wrongful death claims against city

Informant's family files wrongful death claims against city »Play Video
Police and emergency vehicles are seen in the overnight hours Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in the aftermath of a police gun battle with two suspects at the Four Points Sheraton hotel on California Avenue in Bakersfield, Calif.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The family of a police informant shot and killed by officers in September at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel on California Avenue has filed claims against the city.

The claims, which are required to file a lawsuit, were filed last week by an attorney representing the family of 34-year-old Jorge Ramirez, the informant who was apparently assisting police in arresting his friend Justin Harger, 32.

Police say Ramirez was unarmed at the time of the shootout, which police say was started by Harger, who was also shot and killed.

One officer was also wounded.

The claims were filed on behalf of both Ramirez's parents and his five children by high-profile attorney Mark Geragos of Los Angeles.

Each of the claims say that police violated Ramirez's "constitutional rights and liberties" and used "unnecessary force" during the shooting.

Eyewitness News is awaiting an official response from the city attorney's office.