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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Lawyers for the family of a 67-year-old Arkansas man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Little Rock police officer are asking the Justice Department for an investigation into the man's death.

Attorney Michael Laux sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday asking for a criminal investigation into the 2010 shooting death of Eugene Ellison.

One of Ellison's sons is a sergeant in the Little Rock police department. His other son is a former Little Rock police officer.

They filed a federal lawsuit last year against the department, police chief and the two officers who entered Ellison's apartment in 2010 before the fatal shooting.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassandra Davis declined to comment Monday. A Justice Department spokesman didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

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