COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge in central Ohio cited procedural problems in dismissing a wrongful-death lawsuit against two police officers involved in the 2011 fatal shooting of a suspect.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Stephen McIntosh ruled this week that the two-year statute of limitations had expired on the complaint because of procedural errors by the attorneys for dead suspect's estate.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/NzrABK ) reports that the attorney for Obbie Shepard's estate says he will appeal the judge's decision.
The Columbus officers had chased the 21-year-old Shepard on foot after responding to a report of a stolen bicycle. One of the officers told investigators that he shot Shepard between two houses after Shepard reached into his waistband.
Officers found a handgun in a backyard along the path Shepard had run.