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Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Involvement In Recent Shootings Could Result In Lawsuits

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

On October 14, 2010, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police responded to an argument among neighbors in a South Charlotte neighborhood. Apparently, David Martin Sebaste was blowing his car horn and yelling at a neighbor. According to Police, Officer Patrick Howell illuminated the area, and Mr. Sebaste raised a gun, firing several shots at Officer Howell. Officer Howell returned fire, and Mr. Sebaste ran into the house, where he was later discovered dead. Court records reveal that Mr. Sebaste has no criminal record.

Man dead after shootout with CMPD officer, CharlotteObserver.com, 10/15/10

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police were also recently called to Brandie Glen Lane in North Charlotte recently in response to a stabbing incident. According to reports, the victim approached Police, indicating the suspect was still in the area. While looking for the suspect, the victim's son approached Police. According to Police, the young man was carrying a shiny object, which he refused to drop. A Police officer shot the young man, severely injuring him. There are conflicting reports regarding precisely what the victim's son was carrying, and the events leading up to his shooting.

The Inglewood, California Police Department recently reached a settlement for the wrongful shooting death of Kevin Wicks in July of 2008. An officer responded to a domestic disturbance call on the night in question, and Mr. Wicks answered the door with an unloaded handgun, according to evidence in the case. The Wicks case was of particular note because the officer in question was involved in a deadly shooting of an unarmed suspect just two months prior to the incident with Mr. Wicks. The prior incident resulted in settlements totaling $2.45 million.

Judge approves $750,000 settlement for girl whose father was slain by Inglewood police, Los Angeles Times, 11/02/2010

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice

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