Police say the shooting was justified by the department’s Firearms Review Board and that the man, Joseph Bernard Hradec, ignored all commands to drop his knife, had doused one officer with a chemical spray, and was advancing on a group of police with a knife when they shot him.
About 1 a.m. on Jan. 14, 2009, a 911 dispatcher received a call from a woman saying she was in danger from her boyfriend. The caller didn’t say where she was, but police determined she’d called from room 45 of Seal’s Motel at 12035 Aurora Ave. N. Police said they could hear yelling on the 911 call.
Hradec’s family claims the officers used aggressive procedures to enter the room, kicking the door, breaking at least one window, using a Taser and yelling commands.
“Joseph Hradec did not respond, but just looked at officers yelling commands with a ‘blank’ stare, and started to make a barricade in the entry to room 45,” according to the family’s court complaint.