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Appeals court upholds dismissal of civil suit over fatal Tupelo police shooting

A federal appeals court has upheld dismissal of a $35 million civil suit filed by the widow of Antwun Shumpert against the city of Tupelo concerning a fatal police shooting.

Posted: Sep. 24, 2018 6:33 PM
Updated: Sep. 25, 2018 9:16 AM

Update 09/24/18

The following statement is from Shumpert family attorney Carlos Moore:

"Mrs. Shumpert will request the United States Supreme Court to hear case against Tyler Cook only."

See the original post below.

NEW ORLEANS (WTVA) - A federal appeals court has upheld dismissal of a $35 million civil suit filed by the widow of Antwun Shumpert against the city of Tupelo concerning a fatal police shooting.

The 21-page ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came Monday just weeks after oral arguments were made in New Orleans.

A federal judge dismissed the suit, which prompted the appeal.

The lawsuit was filed by Peggy Shumpert and by Charles Foster, who was with Antwun Shumpert the night of the shooting, against the city, Mayor Jason Shelton, Police Chief Bart Aguirre and Officer Tyler Cook.

The civil suit followed a Lee County grand jury deciding there was nothing criminal in Cook's actions.

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