Wells v. City of Chattanooga, et al.

Final Order and Memorandum


Judge Curtis Collier of the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga issued an order and memorandum that dismissed a case against six Chattanooga Police Officers. Davis & Hoss, PC represented five of the Chattanooga Police Officers.

The complaint was brought by the family of Alonzo Heyward. The officers responded to a call in which they were told that a man was in possession of a firearm. Upon arrival, the officers saw Heyward with a rifle. The officers along with Heyward's brother and friend, attempted to talk Heyward into putting down the gun, but he refused. The officers tased Heyward, and then Heyward turned the gun on the officers, and the officers shot him.

The complaint alleged that these officers had used excessive force in the shooting of the decedent. Upon viewing the facts in a light most favorable to the family of the decedent, the judge determined that no reasonable jury could find that the officers acted outside the scope of their jobs nor did they violate any of the decedent's constitutional rights, as alleged in the complaint.

This determination resulted in the Motion for Summary Judgment filed by the six Chattanooga officers being granted. The case was ordered to be dismissed and closed.

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 6th Circuit, Tennessee | United States

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