In this tragic shooting, the Law Offices of Collins & Schlothauer
were retained to represent the Defendant police officer. Sgt. Kevin
Austin was dispatched to the scene of a crime where a young male,
who was under the influence of PCP and other street drugs, was last
seen breaking through a window and entering a residence. While inside
the house, Officer Austin was threatened by the descendent who grabbed
a large butcher knife and continued advancing toward the officer.
The parents of the young man brought a civil action for the alleged
wrongful death of their son. Attorney Collins was able to establish
that the officer followed all appropriate procedures and fired his
weapon only in self-defense.