Attorneys petition US Supreme Court to review Hampton man’s death by police


The family of a man shot and killed by Hampton police is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their case.

According to paperwork filed with the U.S Supreme Court , 69-year-old William Cooper was just trying to protect his home when he shot at police.

Police say Cooper was selling prescription painkillers from his home.

They went to look for evidence on a Saturday morning in June of 2011.

They say they announced they were coming in, then announced themselves again.

Once inside they say Cooper pointed a gun at them and shot. They returned fire.

Lawyers representing Cooper’s estate filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit the next year.

They said  police conducted a “reckless” investigation against him.

The lower court and Virginia State Supreme Court sided with police.

The case filed with the Supreme Court states Cooper’s right to secure his own home was violated.

They say he thought the police were intruders. 

No word on when the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to review the case.

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