Jury Rules in Favor of Officer Sued for Wrongful Death

Jury Rules in Favor of Officer Sued for Wrongful Death

A Tucson jury has ruled in favor of a police officer who was sued by the parents of man the officer shot multiple times during a domestic disturbance dispute.

On Feb. 15, 2006 Tucson police officer Jeff Stover came to investigate a domestic disturbance situation at an apartment on South Campbell Road after a 911 call was received. Inside the apartment, Stover ended up shooting and killing D'Angelo Rivera.

Stover, who shot Rivera seven times, told investigators that he fired the shots because Rivera pulled out one of two handguns and pointed it at Stover. Rivera's girlfriend disputed Stover's story, but a police review board ruled that Stover had acted appropriately.

In 2007 Rivera's parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Stover in federal court. Their attorney claims Rivera was down on his hands and knees and was not holding any type of weapon when he was shot.

Last week, the jury determined Stover was justified in shooting Rivera.

Sometimes those enlisted to protect and serve the community are the very people who end up violating the law. There have been countless instances in which police officers cross the line and take advantage of their power and authority. Police brutality and excessive force are very real issues that affect thousands of suspected criminals throughout the country.

If you or a loved one was harmed or injured by a police officer, a Phoenix personal injury attorney at the Knowles Law Firm can help you take legal action. You might be thinking you have no chance at winning a case against an officer. Please rest assured the police are not above the law. They can be found negligent and can be held liable for their actions. At the Knowles Law Firm we can advocate your legal rights and pursue an aggressive claim against the officer responsible for your injury.

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