The Ceballos family dismissed their lawsuit against former Plainview police officer William Bridgwater this week, five years after Jose Ceballos, Jr. was shot and killed during a domestic disturbance.
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 Bridgwater shot him. The Ceballos family disputed that account and filed a wrongful death suit against the City of Plainview and the three officers involved.
Federal Judge Sam Cummings ruled that the officers were not at fault. In 2010, 5th U.S. Circuit 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.
Now the family has dismissed their case. Court records provide no details, but they say "the parties have settled their claims."