- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the family of a New Jersey man who was shot and killed by police after he flashed a toy gun at officers.

The judge says an officer was forced to make a split-second decision when Richard Nordstrom of Manchester Township displayed the plastic toy in 2010.

The Star-Ledger of Newark (https://bit.ly/1uyTY7d ) reports the judge found the officer’s mistaken belief the gun was real must be forgiven.

Police found Nordstrom in a garage holding a lighter and pouring gasoline on and around himself. They ordered him to drop the lighter, which he did.

However, authorities said Nordstrom then pointed the fake gun at the officer, who shot him several times.

His family was seeking $20 million.


Information from: The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, https://www.nj.com

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