A wrongful death suit was filed Feb. 25 by the family of Deanne Choate, 53, who was fatally shot by Gardner police officers on March 26, 2015. The suit, filed in United States District Court by Michele Choate on behalf of all heirs of Deanne Choate, names the City of Gardner, Robert Huff, Justin Mohney and Jeff Breneman, police officers, as defendants. Police were responding to a 911 call at a home in the 400 block of North Birch Street. The call indicated Deanne was under the influence of alcohol, may be suicidal and had a gun, according to court documents. According to a press release issued last year by the district attorney’s office, a review was completed on March 26. “It is the determination of the District Attorney that the Gardner police officer’s use of force was justified under Kansas law,” the release said.
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