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Police officer’s immunity will stand

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a finding that a Botetourt County officer had qualified immunity from a lawsuit claiming he unlawfully entered a home at night to investigate a missing teen aged girl.

The 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in June reversed the decision of District Judge Samuel Wilson that Sgt. J.A. Wood could be sued for his decision to enter the home to look for the missing girl.  A strongly-worded dissent accompanied the September denial of en banc review .

As reported by The Roanoke Times , a claim against the missing girl’s stepfather, who accompanied Wood into the darkened house, remains pending before Wilson.

The plaintiff homeowners are represented by Terry Grimes of Roanoke. Sgt. Wood was represented by Elizabeth Dillon of Salem.

By Peter Vieth

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