Greenville, SC Wrongful Death Lawyer
Family of Man Shot by Officers to File Wrongful Death Lawsuit
In what will surely be a highly debated lawsuit filing, the family of Wes Swilling is to file a wrongful death lawsuit. According to WYFF, the family is claiming that Wes Swilling was shot 7 times by police officers while behind the law enforcement center after midnight and into the early morning hours. According to reports he threw a baseball at the officers and then waved an object. He was shot and it was discovered that he was waiving a glue gun. The wrongful death lawsuit will claim that the officers were "trigger happy" and not adequately trained or prepared for the job.
Wrongful Death Definition
Wrongful death is defined as the taking of the life of an individual resulting from the willful or negligent act of another person or persons. This lawsuit's claim will be that the officers were negligent and becuase it invovled a deputy and an officer it will likely be that the City of Greenville is sued along with Greenville County claiming that both agencies failed to properly train the officer/deputy. While not a case I would have personally taken, it seems that this case will receive a large amount of publicity and will likely be controversial.
Typical Wrongful Death Lawsuits
This particular wrongful death lawsuit is not the typical one we see. Normally, they arise out of a serious car accident, motorcycle, etc. Lately we've seen some associated with drunk driving and distracted driving accident (texting while driving). Those seem to be less controversial in that one party was clearly negligent and that negligence resulted in the loss of life. The majortiy of the time, the insurance company for the at fault driver pays the settlement or verdict.
We'd love to get your take on the shooting wrongful death lawsuit. Does it have merit? Will the family prevail? Do you think the lawsuit should not have been filed? Were the officers well within their rights?