Widow Of Officer Sues Following Pursuit & Shooting

CHARLESTON — The widow of a Charleston police officer, who was killed in a friendly fire incident two years ago, last week filed a lawsuit in federal court against the city of Charleston and the officer whose stray bullet killed her husband.

Samantha Jones filed the lawsuit Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The named defendants are the city and Christopher Burford.

Jones is seeking money damages and declaratory and injunctive relief against the city and Burford for “intentional and/or reckless acts of a government employee directed against another government employee,” according to the 12-page complaint.

Jones argues that the city and Burford’s conduct deprived her husband of a constitutionally protected right.

She alleges that these “constitutional violations” were committed as a result of the “deliberate indifference” towards the policies, staffing, training and customs of the city and its police department, and that the city is liable for Burford’s actions.

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