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The family of a Black Lives Matter protester who was shot and killed by a member of the military driving for Uber in Texas during a protest is suing him and the ride-sharing company.
Garrett Foster’s family has filed a lawsuit against Sgt. Daniel Perry, 35, in Travis County State District Court on Wednesday.
The lawsuit states that Perry, who was stationed at Fort Hood at the time of the July 25, 2020, shooting in downtown Austin, was a “dangerous, ticking time bomb” and that he had posted online about shooting at demonstrators, Fox Austin reported.
Perry was driving for Uber when he shot Foster, who allegedly approached the vehicle with a gun amid a protest march in the area. Perry fired multiple shots at Foster with a handgun. Foster, a 28-year-old Air Force veteran, later died in a hospital.
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The Austin Police Department determined the shooting was justified, but a grand jury charged Perry with murder, which are still pending. He said he acted in self-defense.
The shooting came amid massive nationwide protests featuring Black Lives Matter groups. Some of the protests turned into riots, looting and even killings,
At the time of the shooting, Perry was stationed at Fort Hood, about an hour north of Austin, driving for Uber to earn extra money. A spokesperson for Uber declined to comment on Fox News, citing ongoing litigation.
In a statement to the media, Foster’s mother, Sheila Foster, said her son “believes passionately in the Constitution and protects our freedoms and rights, including the right to free speech and the right to bear arms. “.
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Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.