COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The family of Samantha Ramsey filed a federal civil rights and wrongful death suit Wednesday against Boone County Deputy Tyler Brockman and Boone County.
A grand injury declined to indict Deputy Brockman in November of last year in the death of 19-year-old Ramsey.
Attorney Al Gerhardstein, one of the attorneys on the case stated, "This deputy was not indicted or disciplined. He was wrong to jump onto the car; shoot while Samantha was slowing down; and wrong to shoot at this young lady at all before he jumped back off the hod. Samantha's shooing and death was completely unnecessary and avoidable."
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Covington. The issues raised by the shooting match those raised in numerous other police shootings across the nation where police have killed unarmed civilians, according to a release.
Boone County Deputy Tyler Brockman shot Ramsey after he stopped to investigate a field party in the 6000 block of River Road in April of last year.
Tyler reportedly got out of his cruiser to stop Ramsey, who was driving a car and attempting to flee the scene. Ramsey refused to stop and hit Brockman, causing him to land on the hood of the car. He then fired four rounds through the windshield. Ramsey stopped and backed up a short distance before coming to a rest in a ditch on the side of the road.
Ramsey was pronounced dead at Saint Elizabeth Hospital in Florence.
A special prosecutor was brought in to handle the case.