Police officers attorneys request dismissal of wrongful death suit in 2014 shooting

BEAUMONT - Attorneys for the Beaumont Police Chief and three Beaumont Police officers have filed a motion to dismiss a wrongful death suit brought by family members of a man killed by police in 2014.

Stanley Leger, 80, was shot and killed by officers outside his north end  Beaumont home in June 2014.

According to police Leger ignored repeated commands to drop a .22 caliber rifle before being shot by officers.

Leger's family filed suit in Federal Court claiming wrongful death.

All of the officers were previously cleared by a Jefferson County Grand Jury of any criminal wrongdoing in the shooting.

The motion filed by the officer's attorneys claims that the case should be dismissed in part  because they were working in their official capacity as police officers.

The motion alleges that the officers are being sued in both their individual and their official capacities.

It also says that an official capacity complaint against the officers is the same as a claim made against  their employer, the City of Beaumont.

The City of Beaumont, Beaumont Police Department, the mayor, and city manager are also named in the suit.

(© 2016 KBMT)


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