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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Attorneys for a man shot by Waterloo Police during an altercation in April have filed a federal lawsuit against the city.

Loevy and Loevy Attorneys at Law, based in Illinois, filed the suit on behalf of Jovan Webb, 27, who was injured after being shot by at least one Waterloo police officer.

No charges were ever filed in the incident.

Attorneys say they have just released video of the incident. That video is here: http://www.loevy.com/blog/caught-on-tape-iowa-cops-shoot-black-bystander-5-times-then-lie-about-it/

The attorneys say the shooting of Webb was "unlawful."

"Just-released video footage and witness' statements show that Mr. Webb, a bystander, posed no threat to the officers," the law office said in a Wednesday release. "He should not even have been considered a suspect in the incident for which they had been called to the scene."

The release said Webb was shot twice in the arm, once in the chest and twice in the abdomen. Doctors had to remove part of his intestine and Webb now relies on a breathing machine, the release said.

Officers Thomas Frein and Mark Nissen both fired shots at a vehicle being driven by Webb on April 5 in the New World Lounge 2 parking lot.

According to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Frein, Nissen and other officers responded to a fight at New World Lounge 2 in Waterloo.

Officers then attempted to stop Webb from getting into a vehicle and leaving the parking lot.

That's when DCI says Webb fled, driving toward Officer Steven Bose and striking him with the vehicle.

Frein and Nissen then opened fire on Webb, though Webb ultimately was able to flee the scene.

Webb showed up to Allen Hospital a short time later for multiple gunshot wounds.

Bose was treated and released at Allen for injuries sustained when he was hit by the vehicle, according to DCI.

Frein was previously involved in an officer-involved shooting of a Minnesota man in May of 2013. In that instance, Richard Anderson, 39, was allegedly threatening officers with a knife in the 200 block of East Fourth Street.

Bose was previously involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting of Eric Rule of Waterloo in September of 2009. In that instance, Rule allegedly fought with officers and refused to comply with orders. Rule died of his injuries.

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