- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - The ongoing mediation between Yellowstone County and the family of a 28-year-old man fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies has not been successful.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2bDlUYH ) Loren Simpson’s relatives have sued the county, Sheriff Mike Linder and the two deputies involved in the January 2015 shooting.

The county filed documents in federal court this week asking a judge to rule in its favor without allowing the case to go to trial.

While both parties say mediation efforts haven’t been successful, Yellowstone County Deputy Attorney Kevin Gillen says they’re still in the process of discussing a settlement.

The county argues that the sheriff and two deputies are entitled to qualified immunity, which excludes them from liability for civil damages.

An attorney for Simpson’s family says he opposes the claims and will be filing a response.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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