Family files lawsuit against Alaska authorities for wrongful death

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A police involved shooting on Christmas Eve 2017 has left one family still looking for answers months later. Cody Eyre's family is in the process of filing a lawsuit against Alaska authorities.

According to Samantha Eyre-Harrison, the family of Cody Eyre is still waiting for answers nine months after he was shot and killed by Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks Police on Christmas Eve 2017.

Eyre-Harrison is Cody's oldest sister and said the family was originally preparing a lawsuit for wrongful death, but now they are looking at pursuing a federal case to gain access to information pertaining to the shooting.

"It's kind of complex, but I think that at the state level we we're, you know, wrongful death that was initially. But now we are facing so much opposition just getting this really basic information, that now it is kind of progressing towards a federal case because we don't have any access to this information," said Samantha Eyer-Harrison.

Eyre-Harrison explained the basis of the federal case is access to records such as police reports, body cam footage, medical records, and evidence collected during the investigation.

"Once we have access to this information of course we will reassess. You know, we don't know what happened, and that is a big, huge question mark," she said.

Eyre-Harrison said their lawyer is currently preparing to file the lawsuit.