COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Springs City Council has given city attorneys permission to represent the city, its former police chief and two officers in a lawsuit filed by a bystander who was paralyzed during a fatal shootout. The Gazette reports that city attorney Mark Simpson told the council Monday that the officers acted appropriately, and the city should be defended.

Scene of a shooting involving three officers in Colorado Springs. (credit: CBS)

Thomas Villanueva was injured in the February 2018 shooting that killed El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick and suspected car thief Manuel Zetina. Two other officers were injured.

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Deputy Micah Flick (credit: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office)

Former Police Chief Pete Carey and Officers Kevin Miyakusu and Marcus Yanez are listed as city defendants.

Villanueva’s attorney, Brian Calandra, called the council’s decision disappointing.

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A sheriff’s office representative could not be reached for comment.

Villanueva is seeking unspecified compensation, alleging that missteps by law enforcement led to his permanent paralysis.

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