Court reinstates wrongful death claim over police shooting

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Court of Appeals has reinstated a wrongful-death lawsuit against the King County Sheriff’s Office over the 2016 fatal shooting of a 23-year-old pregnant mother of three by deputies asked to check on her welfare. The Seattle Times reports a three-member panel of judges found the trial judge erred in dismissing the claim based on a state law that prohibits people who were engaged in the commission of a felony from filing personal injury claims. The Sheriff’s Office said Renee Davis had a handgun and pointed it at the deputies, which amounted to felony assault. However, the Court of Appeals on Monday said a jury should be allowed to decide whether Davis actually had the intent to injure anyone.