Mediation Set in West Virginia for $200M Police Shooting Lawsuit

October 1, 2014

Mediation talks are set for a $200 million lawsuit stemming from the fatal shooting of a Virginia man by Martinsburg police.

The family of 50-year-old Wayne Arnold Jones of Stephens City, Virginia, sued Martinsburg and the officers in 2013. The federal lawsuit alleges that police used unreasonable and excessive force.

An autopsy found that Jones was shot 23 times.

The shooting occurred on March 13, 2013.

Police have said Jones drew a knife after the officers stopped him as he was walking on a street. One officer was stabbed during a scuffle.

The Journal reports that attorneys for the plaintiffs and the defendants are scheduled to meet for mediation Friday in Charleston. The case is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 28 in federal court in Martinsburg.

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