When an individual is killed as the result of another person’s mistake or negligence, the family of the victim may seek compensation for their loss from the responsible party through civil litigation. One Oklahoma family has begun the process of filing such an Oklahoma wrongful death lawsuit after accusing the Custer County Sheriff’s Department of using excessive force when they shot and killed an 18-year-old man during a struggle to subdue him.
Reports from Oklahoma’s 9 News explain the victim suffered from a mental condition that caused him to have sporadic behavioral outbursts. When the family called police to their home to help calm the teen down though, officers allegedly rushed the home with weapons drawn and shot the victim seven times, claiming his life at the scene.
The family claims deadly force was not necessary in the situation, despite a local District Attorney having found officers at the scene did no wrong. The dispute has led to the family filing the wrongful death lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Department, claiming they are directly responsible for the loss of the young man’s life.
At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers know how difficult losing a loved one to an unforeseen accident can be and are hopeful a decision in the case brings a sense of closure to the family of the victim.