Sept. 13, 2012
Despite a death due to natural causes, a family spokesperson stated that the Roanoke Wrongful Death lawsuit he filed on behalf of his wife, whose life was taken in an incident involving a former police officer, will move forward. According to an article released by the Culpeper Star Exponent, the deceased woman’s brother will step in as administrator of her estate.
Reports from the Virginia State Police say that on Feb. 9 at around 10 a.m., a 32-year-old officer responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Epiphany Catholic Middle School on North East Street.
The officer reports the two got into an altercation, forcing him to fire his weapon into the woman’s vehicle seven times, hitting her in the head and chest. She died at the scene.
The lawsuit claims the officer’s negligent behavior was directly responsible for the woman’s death and the plaintiffs are seeking $5.35 million in damages.
The officer is also facing criminal charges in the matter, some of which include murder, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
The Roanoke Personal Injury Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm hope that a verdict will help bring some closure for the victim’s family and friends.