Police shot a man to death in the early afternoon of March 23, 2015 as he was attempting to flee in a car. His family says there was no need for the police to have killed the 24-year-old.
Police involved incidents have come under intense scrutiny following a series of controversies about the use of excessive force. The shooting occurred in Cobb County when Nicholas Thomas tried to avoid arrest by Smyrna police officers for violating the terms of his probation. According to the police, Thomas tried to run down the police officer who shot him. The case is under investigation. In the meantime, the police officer who shot and killed Thomas is currently on administrative leave. This is part of the standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.
The family insists that it was not necessary to kill the young man as his probation involved a traffic citation. However, Thomas had a long history of run-ins with the law. He was charged in 2013 for aggravated assault when he tried to run down a police officer of the Kennesaw State University. In the most recent case that led to Thomas’s death, the police says that the officer shot the young man, who was in a white Maserati at the time and headed straight for him, in self-defense.
It may very well turn out that the officer had no choice but to shoot the man for his own safety. On the other hand, it may have been a error in judgment. When a person dies because of human error, such as excessive force, this is considered wrongful death. If you suspect that a close family member dies because of the negligent or impulsive action of others, you may have a wrongful death case. Consult with a wrongful death lawyer in your state for more information.