Legal battle continues in Plainview fatal shooting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/22/10

Legal battle continues in Plainview fatal shooting

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - The legal battle continues over a deadly police shooting in Plainview. On Friday, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans overturns a decision made in a Lubbock court.

Thirty-four-year-old Jose Ceballos died in September of 2006 after a disturbance at his parents' home. Police say he locked himself and his parents inside the home. When officers kicked in the door, they say Ceballos came toward them with a knife. That's when Officer William Bridgewater shot him. The Ceballos family disputes that account, and filed a wrongful death suit against the City of Plainview and the three officers involved.

Federal Judge Sam Cummings ruled the officers were not at fault.The Court of Appeals reversed the lower court ruling that granted summary judgment to Officer Bridgwater. He was sued along with his supervisor, Jose Porras, and Plainview Police Chief William Mull. The New Orleans Appeals Court upheld the dismissal of the cases against Mull and Porras, but ruled that throwing out the case against Bridgwater was improper. 

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