The parents of a man with schizophrenia who was shot and killed by police in a Carl’s Jr. bathroom have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Oregon city of Eagle Point, its police department and the police officer who killed their son.
The man was shot after officers say they thought the man had a gun. The officers would later realize the man was not armed, and what they mistook for a gun was a fallen Taser that belonged to the officer who killed him.
Eagle Point Police Officer Daniel Cardenas shot and killed Matthew Thayer Graves on Sept. 19. Cardenas, a 26-year-old officer who was two-and-a-half years into his first job, attempted to stop Graves for disobeying a crosswalk light. Graves would eventually lead Cardenas into the bathroom of a Carl’s Jr. just a few miles from where Graves lived with his parents.