The mother of a Seattle-area man who fatally shot himself in a gunbattle with police in San Francisco has filed a federal suit against that city.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The mother of a Washington state parolee who accidentally shot himself to death during a gunbattle with San Francisco police is suing the city for failing to give him immediate medical care.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( says 19-year-old Kenneth Wade Harding didn’t pay a Muni light-rail fare and was running when his gun fired and the bullet pierced his neck in July 2011.

He was trying to shoot at officers at the time.

Harding, who had been living in the Seattle area, was on parole after serving a prison term for trying to pimp a 14-year-old girl.

He was also a person of interest in the Seattle killing of 19-year-old Tanaya Gilbert.

Gilbert was shot twice in July 2011 as she sat in a parked car with two cousins and a 16-year-old girl, in the 9600 block of 54th Avenue South. The 16-year-old also was shot, as were a 21-year-old man in another parked car and a 17-year-old boy sitting on the hood of a nearby car.

The federal civil-rights suit filed by Denika Chatman says Harding was allowed to drown in his own blood.

Material from The Times archive was used in this report.