Family of Elkhart man involved in police-action shooting files federal lawsuit


ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — The family of an Elkhart man killed in a shooting that involved police officers has filed a federal lawsuit claiming they used excessive force in the confrontation.

The federal lawsuit claims the two Elkhart officers fatally shot 29-year-old Norman Gary about 3:30 a.m. Dec. 4 without justification.

Police have said the officers ran toward the sound of gunfire and fired shots toward a car that Gary was driving. A woman in the car and two others nearby were wounded. Authorities haven’t said who fired the deadly shots.

Gary family attorney Scott Benkie says there’s no evidence the officers had reason to fear for their lives.

Elkhart police spokesman Sgt. Chris Snyder said he couldn’t comment on the lawsuit while the shooting remains under investigation by state police.


  1. Can we please put the family in prison after their lawsuit is lost just for trying it in the first place? I hope they will at the least have to pay for all the court costs…Probably have nothing to lose anyway and some lowlife attorney is only going to get paid by any settlement…


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