Virginia: Wrongful Death – a Lawyer’s Filing

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On November 17, 2009, Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. filed a wrongful death suit in Richmond Circuit Court. Defendants are a Trooper and the Superintendant of the Virginia State Police.

The alleged wrongful death occurred when at least one Trooper fatally shot multiple times at close range a motorist who was trying to flee an interstate stop and arrest in Stafford County, Virginia.

Permissive Court venue is based on at least one Defendant having his place of business in Richmond. Plaintiff predicates his wrongful death claims under Virginia statute, including the Virginia Tort Claims Act; and under federal statute, including Section 1983 violation of civil rights for excessive use of deadly force.