PoliceOne Staff Report (WASHINGTON) -- The family of a man shot and killed by a Maryland police officer in Virginia has filed a federal lawsuit against the police department and the county claiming the act was premeditated.
In the U.S. District Court suit the family of Prince C. Jones Jr. claims that the shooting was an act of vengeance against an innocent man by an out-of-control undercover Prince Georges County, Maryland officer. The lawsuit seeks $145 million in punitive and compensatory damages.
On Sept. 1, Jones was killed by Cpl. Carlton B. Jones during a traffic stop. The officer fired 16 shots into Jones's Jeep Cherokee after he said Jones rammed his patrol car. The two men are not related.
Commonwealth Attorney Robert Horan Jr. told the Washington Post that the detective fired in self defense when the slain man tried to run him down repeatedly.
"I think they've always planned to sue. So I'm not surprised," Michael T. Leibig, Carlton Jones's attorney, told the newspaper.
The lawyers for the family, Ted J. Williams and Gregory L. Lattimer, told reporters at a news conference yesterday that the shooting was the culmination of a plot between Cpl. Jones and his supervisor, Sgt. Alexandre Bailey.
"We believe that they were going to teach the occupant of that vehicle a lesson," Williams told reporters. The lawyer said that they have spoken to two witnesses who contradict police accounts of the incident.
The FBI is also investigating the case. Special Agent Susan Lloyd, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Washington field office, told the Post that the results of their investigation should be completed by the end of the year.