Lawsuit filed against LMPD officer who shot, killed suspect dismissed

Lawsuit filed against LMPD officer who shot, killed suspect dismissed
The incident happened on Sept. 23, 2014. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
The incident happened on Sept. 23, 2014. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A lawsuit filed against the Louisville Metro Government, Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad and an officer who shot and killed a man in 2014 has been dismissed.

Family members of John Jolley Jr. claimed in the suit that Officer Marc Christiansen used unnecessary and unwarranted lethal force when he shot Jolley in the head and torso. Police said evidence suggested that eight shots were fired. Jolley was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident happened on September 23, 2014 after Christiansen responded to a report of a domestic dispute in the 900 block of Esquire Alley.

"At some point, Officer Christiansen perceived an imminent threat of deadly force against him or against [Jolley's girlfriend, who had a small child in her arms] and discharged his firearm multiple times," Lt. Kevin Despain, who commands the LMPD Public Integrity Unit, said shortly after the shooting. He also said officers recovered from the scene a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol believed to have belonged to Jolley.

The lawsuit claimed Jolley had a gun inside a case that he placed on a car hood before approaching Christiansen and that he was unarmed and was cooperating with police when the shots were fired.

The plaintiffs sought income and earnings Jolley would have earned throughout his life; damages for physical and mental suffering; funeral and burial expenses; damages for loss of love, affection and support for two of Jolley's children; punitive damages and attorney fees.

The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice. All parties were ordered to pay for their own legal fees associated with the case.

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