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Details of the Derrick Ambrose Jr. wrongful death suit

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

This week marks two years since a Waterloo police officer shot and killed a young man, and his family continues to search for justice.

After a months-long investigation, a grand jury determined the police officer who shot Derrick Ambrose Jr. was justified in using lethal force.

On Monday, Ambrose's father filed a wrongful death suit.

According to police Ambrose fell during the chase, but refused to stay on the ground when ordered to by Officer Kyle Law, and that's when Law shot Ambrose twice.

Ambrose's gun was later found in a nearby yard.

Ambrose's father, Derrick Ambrose Sr., wants a jury to review what happened.

The suit says Law wasn't justified when he shot his son and says the department failed to investigate it properly.

According to the lawsuit, Ambrose Jr. was unarmed at the time and posed no threat.

Ambrose's cousin David Goodson says for justice to be served, Law should have stood trial with a judge and jury.

"When you use this process, you know, behind-door decisions, justice is rarely served," Goodson said. "So in Derrick Ambrose's case, the grand jury chose not to indict -- and they should have."

Ambrose's father lives in Oklahoma. He declined to talk about the case.

His attorney also declined, but said they're bringing in an outside law firm from Wyoming to help with this.

Law is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with Director of Safety Services Dan Trelka.

Trelka declined to comment about the case.

Law is still with the Waterloo Police Department.

At the time of the shooting, he was put on paid administrative leave for several weeks.

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