Family of slain stabbing suspect files lawsuit

Juventino Bermudez-Arenas stabbed Linfield College athlete Parker Moore in 2014

An undated photo provided by the family of Joventino Bermudez Arenas. He was shot to death by McMinnville police after allegedly stabbing to death Linfield College athlete Parker Moore, Nov. 15, 2014
An undated photo provided by the family of Joventino Bermudez Arenas. He was shot to death by McMinnville police after allegedly stabbing to death Linfield College athlete Parker Moore, Nov. 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The estate of a man who was killed by police officers after fatally stabbing a Linfield College student two years ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the federal lawsuit alleges that officers Brian McMullen, Justin James and Sgt. Rhonda Sandoval violated Juventino Bermudez-Arenas’ civil rights by using excessive force.

Rosalinda Bermudez, the sister of Joventino Bermudez Arenas, Nov. 17, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Rosalinda Bermudez, the sister of Joventino Bermudez Arenas, Nov. 17, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 14, also accuses the city of failing to train officers on the proper use of force and conversational Spanish.

According to law enforcement officials, Bermudez-Arenas stabbed student-athlete Parker Moore in 2014 Moore was at a convenience store across the street from the main entrance to Linfield College and was himself killed by officers’ gunfire after he returned to the store.

The lawsuit contends that the Spanish-speaking man went home after the stabbing, told family members there was a problem and said he would return to surrender.

Investigators have been unable to uncover a motive. The officers were cleared after an internal review.

A memorial for 20-year-old Parker Moore grows on the fence near the football field at Linfield College. (KOIN 6)
A memorial for 20-year-old Parker Moore grows on the fence near the football field at Linfield College. (KOIN 6)