Wrongful Death Suit Against RI Police
Even before results of the official investigation have been announced for a fatal police shooting in Rock Island, the victim's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
On April 2nd, police responded to a report of shots fired near 12th Street and 10th Avenue. In the police version, officers began chasing an armed suspect on foot, and after a confrontation, shot him.
32 year old Darrin Langford died soon afterwards at the hospital.
The Langford family attorney, Michael Schmeige, says Langford was shot twice in the back by officer Ryan DeRudder.
He has not been able to learn the identity of DeRudder's partner that night, so the list of defendants includes "Officer John Doe."
Officer involved shootings are investigated by a group of police departments, known as the Rock Island County Integrity Task Force. Two weeks ago, it turned over its findings to State's Attorney John McGeehee, but he has not yet announced his decision in the case.