Supreme Court Rejects Shooting Appeal

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against the city of Crawford for an officer-involved shooting that killed a 16-year-old boy.

Jesse Britton was fatally shot Oct. 3, 2007 at a vacant Crawford bar. Authorities say Police Chief Rick Thompson and Nebraska Game and Parks conservation officer Dan Kling shot the teen after he failed to obey orders to lower his gun.

Britton's mother, Pat, sued the city for negligence, saying the police chief should have used less-aggressive measures to resolve the standoff. A Dawes County district judge dismissed her lawsuit.

Pat Britton has asked the state's highest court to reinstate the case.

In an opinion released Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court upheld a lower court judge's ruling that the city is immune from such lawsuits.

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