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Estate of man shot by The Colony police claims wrongful death


By Marian Johns | Jan 9, 2020


SHERMAN — Two police officers and The Colony, Texas are facing a wrongful death and other claims from the estate of a mentally incapacitated man who was shot and killed by officers. 

Pamela Rogers as administratrix of the Estate of Shaquille Rogers filed a complaint Dec. 16 against The Colony, Texas, Charles Wood and Joseph Shipp alleging wrongful death, excessive force, liability, assault and battery and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fourteenth Amendment. 

According to the complaint, Officers Wood and Shipp found Shaquille Rogers, a 24-year old U.S. Army Veteran, confused and disoriented on Dec. 18, 2019 inside a home near his residence. The plaintiff alleges Rogers posed no "immediate threat of bodily harm" however, the officers fatally shot Rogers. The plaintiff claims Rogers was mentally incapacitated and that the officers should have attempted to "de-escalate the situation" or use non-lethal force.

The plaintiff seeks monetary relief in excess of $1 million, trial by jury, interest and all other appropriate relief. She is represented by S. Lee Merritt of The Merritt Law Firm in Dallas. 

Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 4:19-CV-00919-ALM

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