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Friendly Fire Widow Sues City, Late Husband's Fellow Officer

September 12, 2011  | 

The widow of a Charleston (W.Va.) Police officer who was fatally shot by a fellow officer in an accidental cross-fire incident is suing the city and officer involved in the shooting.

The suit by Samantha Jones, the widow of former Officer Jerry Jones, alleges her husband's civil rights were violated, when he was shot while several officers pursued Brian Good, who had attempted to run over his girlfriend with his vehicle.

The lawsuit claims the officer violated Officer Jones' Fourth Amendment right "to be free from unreasonable seizure by a fellow officer while performing his police work," reports Metro News.

The city was notified a week ago about the lawsuit and offered a settlement for $1 million.

Source: Metro News.

Tags: Friendly Fire, Families of Officers, Lawsuits, Civil Rights Cases


Comments (4)

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Morning Eagle @ 9/12/2011 10:27 PM

Good Lord! Violated his civil rights under the Fourth Amendment? Just proves some attorneys will do anything for money. If the city settles for a million the widow will be lucky if she ends up with even a third of it after lawyer fees and "expenses." I guess I do not begrudge her the money if there actually was inadequate training involved but that is a nebulous thing if the shooter had successfully completed at least the standardized fireams training but still ....

Tom @ 9/13/2011 7:29 AM

Morning Eagle, I agree. She should be compensated for her husband being killed in the line of duty even though it was friendly fire. I'm talking life insurance, send the kids to college and take his retirement. It doesn't merit wining the lotto. There are inherent risks with the profession. If a suspect killed the husband , then I'm with her.

Rick @ 9/13/2011 8:33 AM

Sounds like a bogus suit to me. The officer knew the risks involved in police work, including the results of bad tactics that put you in the line of fire. The widow may find out in this pointless suit that her husband was the one with the bad tactics and was killed due to his own judgement.

Tom @ 9/13/2011 8:48 AM

The article indicates the city offered 1 million to the spouse. That sounds pretty good for her to take and get on with her life.

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