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Appeal Dismissed In Connecticut Suicide Suit Against State Police

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A wrongful death lawsuit against four former Connecticut state troopers filed by the family of a man who committed suicide will be allowed to move forward, the state Supreme Court decided on Wednesday. The court dismissed an appeal by the state attorney general’s office to reverse an appellate decision to return the case to trial court, Greg Smith reports for the New London Day

The officers are accused of using ‘intentional, reckless, or grossly negligent conduct’ during a standoff at a UConn campus in 2014 and provoking Timothy Devine into shooting himself by firing rubber projectiles at him while he was holding a gun and openly threatening to kill himself. Devine was wanted for questioning due to allegations of sexually assaulting several teenage boys. The case has been allowed to move forward despite sovereign immunity arguments so far because the suit is filed against the officers as individuals.

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