MINNEAPOLIS -- The family of a man who was killed by a Washington County Sheriff's deputy as he knelt in a residential street with a gun to his own head has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Deputy Brian Krook was acquitted in March of second-degree manslaughter in the 2018 death of 23-year-old Benjamin Evans. Evans was shot after a 40-minute standoff with authorities.

The federal complaint names Krook and other members of the sheriff's office. The family is asking for a jury to determine compensatory and punitive damages.

An attorney for the defendants said Tuesday that Evans' gun did "point in the direction" of the deputies during the encounter.

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