Fulton County Courthouse Shooting Lawsuit May Proceed Against Sheriff

The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that a wrongful death action on behalf of family of the county court reporter killed in the March 11, 2005, courthouse shootings may file a negligence lawsuit against the Fulton County sheriff. At issue was whether Fulton County Sheriff Myron E. Freeman is a “county employee” protected from negligence lawsuits by the workers’ compensation statute. Reversing the trial court, the Georgia Court of Appeals found that Sheriff Freeman is not an employee but instead “an elected constitutional county officer.”