- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) - The father of a woman shot and killed by a police officer in Spartanburg County last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The lawsuit has been filed against the city of Duncan, the police department and officer Terry Lane, the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg reported (https://bit.ly/1NKv9iX ). In it, the estate of Rebecca Lynn Oliver says that the woman posed no danger to the officer before he fired at least four shots into the car, killing her.

Oliver, 24, of Greer was shot March 4, 2014, after she entered the unoccupied patrol car of a Duncan police officer. According to the lawsuit, she was unarmed and posed no “jeopardy of serious bodily harm or death” to Lane, who was outside the car when he fired at her.

The suit says the officer used excessive force and that standard policies and procedures weren’t followed. It also alleges that the police car in which Oliver was shot was not properly preserved.

Authorities have said that Lane feared for his life when Oliver took over his patrol car, and prosecutors ruled that he did nothing wrong.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. Duncan Police Chief Carl Long would not talk about the suit.


Information from: Herald-Journal, https://www.goupstate.com/

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