Family Files Virginia Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Response to Shooting

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2015

When a person is killed as the result of another individual’s negligent actions, the family of the victim may have a right to seek compensation for their losses. Our Roanoke wrongful death attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain that is precisely what one Washington County, Virginia, woman is doing after her husband was allegedly wrongfully killed by local law enforcement.

The incident occurred on June 27, 2014, at the victim’s residence on Zion Church Road in Damascus, Virginia. Washington County deputies were called to the scene in response to shots being fired in the home. As deputies approached the man, they ordered him to put down a .22 caliber pistol; however, the victim attempted to stand instead and was shot in the back. He died a short time later.

Now, according to an article from the Bristol Herald Courier, the victim’s wife has filed a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit against the Washington County Sherriff and the Deputy who fired the fatal shots, alleging the deputy used excessive force and violated the victim’s fourth and fifth amendment rights. The defendants claim the deputy was within his rights to take the action that he did.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we are aware of just how devastating the untimely loss of a loved one can be. That’s why our Roanoke personal injury attorneys are hopeful a decision being reached in this particular case will bring a sense of peace and closure to the family of the victim.