Local / Virginia

Clerical error postpones police officer’s civil trial

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A clerical error has postponed a civil trial for a Virginia police officer accused of recklessly shooting a mentally ill man.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2mRtXT1) that there was a mixup over potential juror lists. No new date has been set.

In 2014, Norfolk police officer Carl Seger shot Lawrence Faine, a mentally ill man who was holding a knife.

A judge had ordered Seger to arrest Faine and take him to a hospital. Seger says Faine came at him with a knife.

Prosecutors determined Seger had to shoot Faine to protect himself and others. Faine’s family claimed the officer acted recklessly when he forced his way into the apartment with a gun. They’re seeking $2.5 million.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

 

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