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Officers who shot fleeing drunk when his car lurched are granted immunity

A man named Hocker sued the PIkeville Police Department after officers who had chased his vehicle at high speed apparently emptied their weapons into the vehicle.  Hocker had lead police on a dangerous, high-speed chase, while drunk and possibly suicidal.   He eventually stopped, but while surrounded, his vehicle lurched and "rammed" one of the police vehicles.  T

Hocker plead guilty to criminal behavior but filed a civil action arguing that shooting him multiple times constituted unconstitutional excessive force.  The Court summarily dismissed his claim, ruling that the officers were within their rights in firing 20 shots into the vehicle after they felt endangered by the car which Hocker had previously been using as a high-speed weapon.

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