October 1, 2012 in Nation/World

Court won’t hear appeal in suicide shooting

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to hear a lawsuit over whether a police officer can be sued for fatally shooting a Texas teen-ager who was threatening to commit suicide.

The high court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from the parents of Ruddy Elizondo, who was shot by a Garland, Texas police officer after a relative called for help. Elizondo had threatened to kill himself with a knife, and when the police officer arrived, threatened him with the weapon.

The officer fatally shot the boy, and the family sued the city. Federal courts threw out the lawsuit, and justices on Monday refused to reopen it.

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