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West Virginia: Former Cop Sues After Being Fired for Not Shooting Suicidal Man

HeadlineMay 16, 2017
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And in West Virginia, former police officer Stephen Mader is suing the city of Weirton, after he says he was fired from the police department for not shooting a suicidal young man. In May 2016, Officer Mader arrived at the house of 23-year-old African American Ronald "R.J." Williams Jr. after Williams’s girlfriend called the police because he’d threatened to hurt himself. Officer Mader says he found Williams holding a handgun and acting suicidal. Mader says he was trying to de-escalate the situation and was urging Williams to put down the gun, when two more police officers arrived. One immediately opened fire, killing Williams. The police later found Williams’s gun was not loaded. Officer Mader says one month later he was informed he would be fired for "apparent difficulties in critical incident reasoning."

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