Alabama Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Dothan Police Officer
December 31st, 2013|
When a life is lost as the result of someone else’s negligence, the family of the victim has the right file for compensation from the party responsible through civil litigation. The Birmingham Wrongful Death Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers explain such a case was recently filed in the Middle District of Alabama’s Federal Court.
According to an article from Dothan First, the suit stems from the death of a 22-year-old man at the hands of an officer with the Dothan Police Department. Reports indicate the officer shot the victim after his identity was mistaken during a short pursuit.
Court documents stated the chase began along the Montgomery Highway on June 28, 2012. Radio transmissions show the officer thought he was pursuing a felon, rather than the victim. So, when the victim stopped his vehicle, the officer fired several fatal shots prior to allowing the victim a chance to comply with his orders.
A case against the officer was brought before the district attorney and a grand jury, who found he was justified in his actions. However, the lawsuit claims the officer was negligent in his actions, which led to the death of the victim.
Norris Injury Lawyers’ team of Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how difficult it can be to lose a loved one and the firm hopes a decision in this most recent case helps bring closure to the family of the victim.