Widow’s Lawsuit in West Virginia Officer’s Death Dismissed

March 8, 2012

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the widow of a Charleston, W.Va., police officer who was killed by friendly fire in 2009.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin threw out the lawsuit filed in September by Samantha Jones against the city of Charleston and the officer who allegedly fired the shot.

Jones’ husband, Patrolman Jerry Jones, was killed on Sept. 14, 2009, while trying to stop a pickup truck. Police have said other Charleston officers opened fire as the truck’s driver, Brian Good of Miliken, tried to ram two police cruisers with the vehicle. Good also was fatally shot.

Media outlets reports Goodwin ruled this week that police acted appropriately.

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