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Two Lincoln police officers shot by a man in a struggle two years ago have filed a lawsuit against his estate seeking damages for their injuries, according to court documents.

Zachary Grigsby, 29, of Central City, was killed in the Nov. 29, 2015, incident after injuring Lincoln Police Officer Angela Sands and then-Officer Matthew Gilleland.

Grigsby, who had outstanding warrants, was being taken into custody by a third officer when he resisted, then pulled out a .380-caliber automatic handgun and began firing, police said.

Gilleland was shot in the arm. Sands' bulletproof vest deflected a bullet from Grigsby's gun into her radio microphone, which shattered and caused her facial and oral injuries, according to a report on the shooting by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

A grand jury convened to investigate Grigsby's death cleared the officers involved of wrongdoing.

Sands has since become the department's spokeswoman. Gilleland underwent several surgeries but ultimately had to medically retire from the force.

The officers and the City of Lincoln first filed claims against Grigsby's estate in a separate probate case, with city attorneys seeking $65,000 to recoup workers' compensation benefits that covered Sands' and Gilleland's medical expenses.

Grigsby's brother and mother, who represent his estate, denied the claims.

Sands and Gilleland filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Lancaster County District Court. The city is listed as an interested party.

The officers' attorneys said in the lawsuit that "the willful, malicious, intentional and violent assault" by Grigsby caused them permanent injury, temporary and permanent disability, medical expenses, physical pain and mental suffering.

Sands and Gilleland are seeking a judgment for unspecified medical expenses, lost wages and damages, according to the lawsuit.

Their attorneys declined additional comment on the case Wednesday.

Osceola attorney Brian Beckner, who represents the Grigsby estate, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The city would be able to recoup the cost of medical bills paid in workers' compensation from the estate if the officers' lawsuit is successful, City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick said.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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