Family of Neillsville man shot by cop files claim

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NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- The family of a man fatally shot by a Neillsville police officer has filed a claim asking the city and the officer for a $2 million settlement.

Officer Aaron Bembnister responded to a domestic disturbance call Dec. 13. According to a prosecutor's report, Ricky Taylor ignored commands to drop the knife. The report says Bembnister retreated as far as he could when he shot Taylor. The district attorney has said Bembnister was justified.

The News-Herald Media reports the claim filed Friday alleges the city was negligent in training officers to respond to a person "experiencing an emotional crisis and/or who was intoxicated." The claim also alleges Bembnister used excessive force.

Neillsville city attorney Bonnie Wachsmuth says the city had not been served by Friday afternoon and had no comment.