High-Speed Chase Ends In Tragedy And A Lawsuit

Source: ABC News

A Texas family has filed a lawsuit against local police, claiming excessive force and wrongful death in the October 2013 shooting death of a woman who led police on a high speed chase.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday on behalf of Amy Reyna’s family.

Reyna, 35, led police on a 20-mile chase, crossing state lines and hitting speeds of 100 miles per hour, a pursuit captured on dash-cam video. Reyna was wanted for probation violations, including burglary. Denver City, Texas officers followed her into New Mexico. She eventually drove into a farm field, her tires blown out, where the vehicle came to a stop.

Officers ordered her to put her hands up, but dash-cam video obtained by ABC affiliate KAMC shows Officer Ryan Taylor drawing his gun and firing into the engine. Moments later, he fired again, this time through the windshield, hitting Reyna.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy found methamphetamines in her system.

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