The family of a 23-year-old man shot and killed in 2007 by Vancouver police during an execution of a search warrant has filed a $4.25 million lawsuit against the city, alleging the death was unnecessary and unjustified.
Sean Makarowsky was killed June 16, 2007, when members of a Vancouver police team served a search warrant at Makarowsky’s home at 3010 N.E. 162nd Ave.
Vancouver police officers knocked loudly twice and shouted warnings as they served a search warrant at the home just after midnight, Police Chief Cliff Cook said shortly after the shooting. At that point, Makarowsky came to a window next to the front door, moved aside the miniblinds and was holding a handgun, Cook said.
Vancouver Cpl. Steve Lobdell was positioned near the window and spotted Makarowsky, the chief said. Lobdell yelled “gun!” before firing two shots through the window. One bullet hit Makarowsky in the heart, the other in his shoulder, the lawsuit says. Officers also shot, once, a six-month-old pit bull inside the home.
The suit, filed by Vancouver attorney Beau Harlan, alleges “gross police misconduct and use of excessive force” caused the “untimely and unnecessary death” of Makarowsky.