A lawyer for the family of a man who was shot to death in a dispute over weed control in Snohomish County plans to take a civil-rights case to a federal appeals court.

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EVERETT — The family of a man who was shot to death in a dispute over weed control in rural Snohomish County plans to take a civil-rights case to a federal appeals court.

The (Everett) Herald reports (is.gd/szyM3g) the lawyer for the family of Daniel Wasilchen says the family will continue the fight after a federal judge on Wednesday dismissed their lawsuit against the county and a noxious-weed inspector.

The family says the weed inspector violated Wasilchen’s right against unreasonable search when he returned to the property at Verlot in 2009 with sheriff’s deputies.

Wasilchen was killed when he refused to drop a gun. The prosecutor said the shooting was justified.

The dispute was over spraying for knotweed, an invasive species.