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Family of TV crew member claims wrongful death

As law enforcement officials deal with calls in Missouri, they must use extreme caution when anything lethal can be involved. A recent case poses the question that even if the action is deemed justifiable under the law, do officers have a responsibility to private citizens that are with them at the time?

According to The Kansas City Star, a member of the sound technician team on the show “Cops” was doing research for the show and on a ride along with police officers when the call was made that there was an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant. During the confrontation, officers fired at the armed suspect up to 39 times even as he fled from the restaurant. One of the bullets managed to slip through the sound technician’s bulletproof vest and kill him.

The local police chief determined that the response was justified regarding the armed robber and that he was consistently a threat to the public and the officers. The family of the slain sound technician claim that the bullet that hit him was discharged after the robber was no longer a threat. His family claims law enforcement used excessive deadly force and were negligent and have brought a wrongful death suit against the city.

Cases that involve lethal force and law enforcement officers are often high-profile and emotionally intense for both the family and the public. Anyone who has lost a family member because of a run-in with a robber or as a bystander in a dangerous situation may benefit from meeting with an attorney to discuss their options.

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