Lawsuit Claims Police Shooting of Veteran was Unnecessary

WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — The parents of a veteran shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in July have filed a civil lawsuit against the Elmore County sheriff.  Thirty-two-year-old Jonathan Pears was shot and killed in the front yard of his parent’s home in Wetumpka on July 28. In a statement issued Tuesday, Pears’ parents say he was having a mental health crisis because of his PTSD. The lawsuit accuses the sheriff’s department of using excessive force in shooting Pears, who was holding a large knife but was 90 feet away and not threatening anyone, according to his parents.

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