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County sued by drug suspect's family

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Family members of a Worth County man, shot and killed by an Albany Dougherty Drug Agent during a wild chase down the Liberty Expressway in 2009, filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Named as plaintiff's in the suit are Dougherty County, all it's commissioners, Sheriff, Drug Unit Commanders, and the deputy who shot him.

Dramatic dashcam video showed Clayton Lewis speed away after being stopped by Drug Agents. Agent Mark Farley jumped in the back seat trying to stop him.

The drug agent said Lewis pulled a gun, and Farley shot him eight times, and himself once. No drugs or guns were found in the car. A gun was found on the expressway. The shooting was ruled justified by the District Attorney, and no charges were filed.

The lawsuit claims the drug agent used excessive force and reckless indifference in shooting Lewis, and that he was not properly trained or supervised.

The lawsuit contend Lewis was the sole provider for nine children,and asks for damages to support them as well as compensation for his death.

The County Attorney says they will answer the lawsuit.


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