LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Kentucky woman seeking compensation for the shooting death of her son at Fort Bliss in Texas.
The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday found that sovereign immunity prevents Renee Richardson of Louisville from suing the federal government. Richardson's son, 18-year-old Ezra Gerald Smith, died when a soldier went on a shooting spree at the military post on the Texas-New Mexico line on April 24, 2009.
Judge Denise Page Hood also wrote for a three-judge panel that medical professionals had no legal duty to disclose any threats made by Spc. Gerald Polanco to any third parties.
Polanco was charged with murder but later ruled incompetent to stand trial.
Smith was shot in the back of the head.