(SD)-Response Filed In Wrongful Death Suit Over Res Hospital Attack
PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Ron Parson has filed a court response in a lawsuit claiming negligence and excessive force in the death of a man who was fatally shot by a tribal police officer at the Pine Ridge hospital in 2016.
The mother of 28-year-old Jamie Brave Heart filed a wrongful death lawsuit last year seeking $2 million for pain and suffering caused by her son's death. In a response filed earlier this month, Parsons said Brave Heart's death was caused by his own negligence and actions.
Brave Heart was brought to the Pine Ridge hospital on June 3, 2016, by an Oglala Sioux tribal police officer after his mother reported Brave Heart was acting strangely. Officials say Brave Heart then stabbed the officer while trying to leave the hospital and the officer shot him.
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