Parents file wrongful death suit on behalf of slain son

| Aug 9, 2018 | Wrongful Death

Pennsylvania parents would probably agree that one of their biggest fears is receiving the news that their child has been killed. The death of a child is always tragic and can be especially hard to cope with if the circumstances indicate an adult is responsible for a wrongful death. Sadly, this may be the case in the death of a local teenager at the hands of a police officer. 

The mourning parents state that their son, a student at a local Pennsylvania high school, was shot and killed by a police officer this past spring. Apparently, the officer was attempting to apprehend the vehicle the young man was in because it was believed to have been involved in a drive-by shooting. There were multiple people in the vehicle, and police admit that they do not think the victim himself was involved in the shooting. 

As the officer attempted to detain the suspects for questioning about the shooting, the boy attempted to flee. He may have run out of fright because, rather than wait for more officers to arrive, the officer pulled his gun on the high school boys and instructed them to exit the vehicle. When he attempted to flee, the officer shot the boy, supposedly to prevent his escape. He died as a result, and it is confirmed that he was unarmed when he was killed. 

The parents in this case have chosen to file a wrongful death suit. They feel as if they have a responsibility to take legal action against the man who killed their son. In situations like these, an attorney can be useful. An attorney may be able to help the family of a victim as they attempt to bring an alleged killer to justice.