HOUSTON – The family of Marcelo Garcia announced Thursday plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit after Garcia was shot and killed by a deputy while suffering a mental health crisis.
Bianca Calderón de Lachica Law Firm will represent the surviving family and the estate of Marcelo Garcia to pursue the charges against all responsible parties. The family and the attorneys will hold a press conference in Houston Thursday.
The family said Garcia was a devoted husband, father and son, who suffered from mental conditions.
“It is our mission to prevent the open season killing of marginalized and disenfranchised individuals who suffer from mental diseases,” the law firm wrote in a press release. “Contrary to what the media has expressed, Mr. Garcia’s family is adamant that he was not armed, nor are they aware of any knife being recovered after two fatal gunshots were fired.”
An investigation is underway into the death of Garcia.
On Wednesday, Authorities from multiple agencies are investigating after they said a knife-wielding man was fatally shot by a deputy in northeast Harris County.
Investigators said a woman called police around 12:40 a.m. saying her husband was having a mental health crisis at their home in the 5900 block of Sunflower Prairie Court.