Federal Way PD hit with civil rights suit on anniversary of man's death


FEDERAL WAY, Washington - The Federal Way Police Department was slapped with a civil-rights lawsuit Friday, on the anniversary of an officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead.

Marie Young, in her lawsuit, said her son, David Young, would be 25 ½ years old Friday were it not for the actions of the officer who opened fire.

David was in a truck when he was shot by Federal Way Officer Matthew Leitgeb. An inquest determined Leitgeb feared David was going to back over him after a chase.

Marie said David survived the gunshots, but officers kept medics from treating him for 45 minutes. That’s one of the reasons she filed the federal suit.

“Until I can finalize everything and get, I believe, some kind of justification out of this, and somebody held accountable – I’ll never be at peace, ever,” Marie said.

Leitgeb was involved in a second fatal shooting a year later.

Marie’s lawsuit claims there’s a pattern and practice among Federal Way police of unconstitutional use of force.

David wasn’t armed, but he was trying to get away from police to avoid another citation for driving with a suspended license, Marie said.