Fatal high speed police pursuit leaves TPD with lawsuit

Brian Lipp was the man authorities were pursuing when Collins was killed.

Updated: Response from Toledo Law Department on lawsuit "At this point the City has not seen the plaintiff's complaint. Nevertheless, the City does not comment on pending court cases as it prefers to present its position in court rather than in the press."

Original Story: A 2011 fatal police chase has one family seeking justice and hoping for reform within the Toledo Police Department.

It all started when Toledo Police say 48-year old Brian Lipp robbed a Rite Aid store. Several days later, authorities caught up with Lipp who pulled what looked like a gun on a Toledo Police officer. Lipp then stole a vehicle and fled the scene.

TPD pursued Lipp, and during the high speed chase along I-75, a Toledo patrol cruiser would hit Larry Collins' car, killing the 64-year old Point Place man.

Lipp would also be killed, but not before holding up another store, stealing a second vehicle, and starting another chase with Ohio Highway Patrol. It would all end when Lipp pointed a weapon at officers, and they fatally shot him at the scene. Authorities later discovered the weapon was a pellet gun.

At the time, former Police Chief Mike Navarre defended the department's actions. The two officers in the vehicle that hit and killed Collins were eventually cleared of wrongdoing in the pursuit.

Now, Collins' sons are hoping their lawsuit will change department policy and provide some answers. Their joint statement reads: "We are filing this lawsuit to seek justice for our father, to honor his memory, and to protect the people of Toledo. Toledo Police's lax oversight and permissive culture allowed this tragedy to occur."

The statement says they are "fully committed to making sure that the Toledo Police Department is made accountable, and we will use this lawsuit to reform the Department and make sure this can never happen again."

WNWO contacted TPD who referred us to the city's law department - we are awaiting their response to the Collins' lawsuit.