Two deputies, including Pullen, who were called to help struggled with Yazar and used a Taser on him, officials said then. Both deputies fired shots at him, killing him. Pullen was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment of a concussion, cuts and a bite.
Corina Padilla, Figueroa's cousin, offered a different version of events.
She said that Yazar, 46, was suffering from stress and depression and had drunk some tea that caused him to have hallucinations.
"At no moment did Kemal assault the officer,"
she said. "An unarmed man, a family guy, father and husband of three girls was killed. He had no criminal record. He was self-employed in import-export of very expensive rugs from Turkey and Persia."
Padilla called the lawsuit "outrageous," saying that Pullen "could have prevented it from happening, but he murdered our family member. Not only that, but he has the audacity to sue for money because he got injured when he was responding to the call."