Parents sue Montana cops over son's suicide

A Missoula man shot himself with a hunting rifle a day after he was arrested


Bozeman Daily Chronicle

MISSOULA, Mont. — The parents of a Missoula man who killed himself while facing a law enforcement deadline to identify drug dealers have filed a federal lawsuit against Missoula city and county law enforcement officers, saying they told authorities that Colton Peterson was suicidal, but they continued to pressure him for information.

Peterson shot himself with a hunting rifle on July 27, 2010, a day after he was arrested for having marijuana and paraphernalia in his apartment, the lawsuit said. He was 21.

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