The federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the family of a man who was killed by Sandusky County deputies in 2010.
Bryan Jones, 26, was asleep or passed out on a couch in his family's home with a rifle in his lap. He was alone in the home after he went there drunk and scared his family from the house. Deputies went inside and used a flash bang grenade to awaken Jones. They shot him when the explosion jolted him awake and the rifle on his lap moved.
The Jones family filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Sandusky County, deputies Mario and Jose Calvillo and Sandusky County sheriff Kyle Overmyer, contending deputies were reckless and there was no cause to kill Jones.
Federal Court Judge Jack Zouhary ruled last year the lawsuit would go before a jury, but the county appealed that decision. The appeal was denied Tuesday.
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