By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 06/25/14, 7:26 PM PDT |

The relatives of a man fatally shot by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies last year in Yucaipa filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles alleging wrongful death.

The mother and sister of Merlin Factor, 26, allege in the lawsuit that Factor was unarmed and posed no threat to sheriff’s deputies when deputies shot him in the back and killed him.

Deputies pulled Factor over in a church parking lot on Yucaipa Boulevard, east of Third Street, on June 29, 2013 following a disturbance call at a mobile home park in the 12900 block of Second Street, where Factor reportedly vandalized a mobile home and then left the location with an unnamed woman.

Shortly thereafter, police received a call from the woman, and deputies spotted the two in a vehicle near Yucaipa Boulevard and Third Street and conducted a traffic stop in the church parking lot. Factor had multiple felony warrants out for his arrest, according to a sheriff’s news release issued at the time.

According to the news release, Factor exited his vehicle, began fighting with deputies and attempted to retrieve a weapon, prompting the shooting.

The lawsuit, however, alleges deputies, who have yet to be identified, slammed Factor against the door of his car, stunned him with Taser guns and shot him 10 times.

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