Wilcox v. Gonce, et al, Buncombe County Superior Court, 10-CVS-2809

31 Jul 2014 5:29 PM | Lynette Pitt (Administrator)
This police shooting case was tried before a Buncombe County Superior Court jury for two and a half weeks from March 24 to April 9, 2014.  Plaintiff alleged that the defendant-officers acted maliciously- and were therefore liable in negligence and for punitive damages- in discharging their firearms at the suspect-driver during a vehicular pursuit, but missing him and striking his passenger, the injured plaintiff.  Plaintiff sought recovery for medical expenses exceeding $250,000 and asked the jury to return a verdict at or above $2,000,000.  After a little over a day of deliberations, the jury returned a complete and unanimous defense verdict as to all three defendant-officers.  The defendants were represented by NCADA member Jason R. Benton, who practices in the Charlotte office of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.  Print media coverage of the result may be found here: 

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