CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The mother of a mentally ill man who was fatally shot by two West Virginia State Police troopers has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the agency.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Beth Copson filed the federal suit on behalf of Kyle Copson, who was fatally shot two years ago in a Princeton parking lot.
The suit says the troopers failed to warn Copson before opening fire. The suit says Copson was holding a knife, but wasn’t close enough to cause harm.
State Police say Copson was told several times to drop the knife, but was shot because he made “threatening and aggressive gestures” and lunged at officers.
Police spokesman Reginald Patterson said officers are trained on handling mental health episodes. He wouldn’t answer other questions due to pending litigation.