SAN ANTONIO — The family of a teen shot and killed by a San Antonio Police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City in federal court.
According to the lawsuit, 18-year-old Charles Roundtree, Jr., was killed because Officer Steve Casanova used excessive force.
The lawsuit states that no one in the house at 217 Roberts was armed with a weapon, as SAPD Chief William McManus stated following the incident.
It also claims that Roundtree, a female witness, and suspect Davante Snowden were talking, listening to music, and surfing the internet when Officer Casanova entered the house unannounced and shining a bring light.
The lawsuit alleges Casanova shot multiple times, striking Snowden in his backside and Roundtree in the chest.
Roundtree was the father of a four-month-old son. The shooting victim's funeral is tomorrow.
Neither SAPD nor the City of San Antonio has responded to requests for comments on the lawsuit.