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Pittman Verdict

A federal court jury has ruled that a former Dothan police officer did not act improperly when he shot a man to death six years ago.

On Jan. 5, 2000, officer David Driskell responded to a complaint about a missing car, when the vehicle in question drove by.

A chase began, until the suspect rammed into Driskell's patrol car and then a fence.

Police say the driver tried to run over Driskell, and that's when Driskell pulled out his pistol and opened fire.

John Pittman was pronounced dead on arrival at a Dothan hospital.

An internal investigation cleared Driskell of wrong-doing, but Pittman's family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit.

Jurors deliberated about an hour before ruling in favor of Driskell who is now an Army Lieutenant.


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