October 28, 2020

Police kill innocent man after going to wrong house, family to sue

Lawyers say a family plans to sue after Mississippi police went to the wrong house and ended up killing a man.

News outlets report lawyers for Ismael Lopez’s relatives said Thursday they’ll sue the city of Southaven and two officers who fired shots.

Lopez was shot inside his home on July 23, 2017, as officers were trying to locate a suspect who lived across the street.

The lawyers say one Southaven officer heard another shoot at Lopez’s dog, prompting the first officer to shoot into the house through the front door, fatally wounding Lopez.

District Attorney John Champion said in July that grand jurors declined to indict anyone.

A lawyer for officers says Lopez was to blame because officers saw him point a rifle through a partly opened door.