Judge dismisses inmate’s lawsuit against police officers
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Vermont inmate who was shot by police and paralyzed following a high-speed chase in 2014.
The Caledonian Record reports a judge granted a defense motion to dismiss 29-year-old Eric Jackson’s lawsuit against Sgt. Denis Girouard and Trooper Seth Loomis on Jan. 11.
Jackson sued from prison in 2017, faulting the officers for injuries that left him paralyzed from the waist down. He sought $6.5 million in damages.
Girouard and Loomis shot Jackson when he rammed a stolen car into their cruisers. An investigation found the officers were justified in firing at Jackson.
The officers’ lawyer cited Jackson’s statement that he drank alcohol before the chase as the reason to dismiss the lawsuit.
Jackson faced two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com