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Federal court weighs Jones family's wrongful death lawsuit

Melissa Topey • May 12, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Within a week a federal court may decide the next step for a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Bryan Jones, who Sandusky County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed last year.

Jones' mother and father filed a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against Sandusky County, the sheriff's department and deputies who were involved in Bryan's July 11, 2010, shooting death.

The family called 911 for help that night after Bryan threatened his mother. Sheriff's deputies showed up and assembled a tactical response team that ultimately stormed the home and shot Bryan nine times.

The court could decide to dismiss the case or present it to a jury, which would ultimately settle on an appropriate financial compensation for the family. The family has said the raid was a blatant violation of Bryan's civil rights.

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