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[08/17] Family planning to sue police after fatal stun gun incident

August 17, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) – Attorneys for the family of the man who Atlanta-area authorities say died after a police chase that involved a stun gun say the family is planning to sue the DeKalb County Police Department.

Attorney Leighton Moore tells WXIA-TV (http://on.11alive.com/1NcLhMc ) that officers should have known the danger of shooting 33-year-old Troy Robinson with a stun gun while he was trying to climb an 8-foot wall on Aug. 6. Robinson fell to the ground and died. The family hasn’t filed a lawsuit, but attorneys say that is their next step.

Authorities say Robinson had run from officers after the vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped for a tag violation.

Officer Casey Benton has been placed on administrative leave after the incident. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating.

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Information from: WXIA-TV, http://www.11alive.com/

AP