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Family files lawsuit seeking answers in son’s death

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Posted at 12:29 PM, Dec 13, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-14 00:22:08-05

SALT LAKE CITY - The family of a man who was shot and killed by a Millard County Sheriff's deputy filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday.

The family of Corey Kanosh are looking for more answers about how he died. They protested in November, claiming the story Sheriff Robert Dekker told them doesn't add up.

"We feel like we are totally ignored," said Pikyabit Lafferty, the victim's aunt. "Knowing is better than not knowing. You can just about come up with any scenario when you speculate. We are tired of that; we want answers."

In October, police pursued Kanosh in a high-speed chase after received a report that the vehicle he was driving was stolen. According to police, Kanosh was fatally shot after he did not follow commands and engaged in an altercation with a deputy.

The deputy said he shot Kanosh in self-defense. A preliminary report released in October said the deputy was justified in his action. But the Kanosh family said his body did not show any signs of a fight.

Millard County Sheriff Robert Dekker says police are still investigating.

"The investigation is where it's at. It's not something that can be rushed, it wouldn't be wise of us to try to rush it. It's going to take some time to get the facts," Dekker said.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office conducted an independent investigation of the shooting. Those findings were released to Millard County two weeks ago, but have not yet been released to the family.