PORTER SCOTT PUBLIC ENTITY TEAM PREVAILS ON SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON WRONGFUL DEATH / POLICE LIABILITY CASE

Shareholders Stephen Horan and William Camy obtained summary judgment on behalf of the County of Butte and its Sheriff’s Department against Plaintiffs’ civil rights and wrongful death claims arising out of an incident in Chico. Defendants’ canine deputy responded to assist another local law enforcement agency handle a combative, barricaded suspect who had stabbed a private security guard. Defendants’ deputy deployed his canine and attempted to apprehend the suspect, but the suspect stabbed another officer, prompting the officer to shoot the suspect. The Court held that Defendants acted objectively reasonable as a matter of law and dismissed all of Plaintiffs’ claims. Despite the current challenges posed to law enforcement in civil litigation, Steve and Will got the job done for the County and its Sheriff’s Department. Great job Steve and Will!