Wrongful death suit in Highland police shooting

2014-01-29T13:00:00Z 2014-01-29T22:56:30Z Wrongful death suit in Highland police shootingBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com
January 29, 2014 1:00 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A federal wrongful death suit was filed Wednesday in the wake of the Jan. 31, 2012, Highland police shooting death of 27-year-old resident Joshua Jones.

The suit, which was filed by Jones' mother, Marcella Amos, targets town and police department officials, claiming officers used excessive force.

Amos said she told police officers her son was schizophrenic when they were called in for help because he was acting out, according to the suit.

She said officers held Jones to the ground and shocked him twice with a Taser, at which point the man looked at his mother crying for officers to get off him. Amos walked away unable to watch and heard a number of gunshots, according to the suit.

She claims in the litigation that officers were unwilling to tell her at the scene what happened. An autopsy revealed Jones was shot nine times, she said.

A call Wednesday to the Highland police department was not immediately returned.

A news release issued at the time by state police said Jones tried to take one of the officer's guns from the holster and then grabbed the officer's expandable baton and hit him in the head with it.

The second officer used his Taser twice on Jones, but it was not effective, police said. Jones then started fighting with the officer, who used the Taser and struck him in the left forearm with the baton.

That officer then fired his weapon, striking Jones, police said.

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