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Family Sues Kansas State Troopers

Associated Press - October 28, 2013 6:15 am

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Three Kansas Highway Patrol troopers face a civil lawsuit in the Ottawa County 2011 fatal shooting a 56-year-old man.

The wrongful death lawsuit, filed earlier this month in Ottawa County District Court, accuses one trooper of unreasonable seizure and use of excessive force in the death of Larry Death Smith in October 2011. Two other troopers who were involved are also named in the lawsuit.

The people filing the lawsuit include Smith’s estate administrators and legal heirs. They’re seeking more than $225,000 in damages.

Ottawa County Attorney Betty Mick said in 2012 that the trooper who shot Smith was justified in the shooting. A Kansas Bureau of Investigation also found that Smith fired first during the confrontation in a heavily wooded area near Delphos.

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Associated Press Information from: The Salina Journal

Fuchs Mi

October 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

About time. I always throught this stunk to high heaven when it occurred. One again law enforcement needs to be tightened up and held accountable.

Kevin Hays

October 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

This should be thrown out promptly. It never ceases to amaze me the length some people will go to to try and get money. These Trooper’s did nothing wrong.

Fred Hanson

October 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

Right nothing wrong but gun down a guy. These troopers should just do what they were hired to do that being writting tickets for revenue. I hope the family gets millions. If I were on the jury they would.

Fuchs Mi

October 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

Yup they sure did gun him down and now its time to pat the piper. They had alot of options to catch this guy but the troopers were to afraid to use common sense. We do not need troopers like that on the force.

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