WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – A federal jury on Thursday found that neither the city, nor the police officer who fired the shot that killed Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., are at fault for the former Marine’s death, according to multiple reports.
Chamberlain, who was also a former corrections officer, died on Nov. 19, 2011 after he was shot following a 90-minute confrontation with police at his home, which came after officers responded to the 68-year-old’s apartment after he accidentally triggered a life-alert pendant.
According to statements from law enforcement, Chamberlain charged an officer while armed with a kitchen knife, forcing another officer, Anthony Carelli, to fire his .40-caliber pistol, according to The Times, which reported that Carelli’s fatal shot came after authorities had already tried to subdue Chamberlain with beanbag rounds and a Taser.
While a grand jury opted not to indict Carelli in the shooting death, Chamberlain’s family had filed a wrongful-death suit seeking $21 million from the city, the White Plains Police Department and others, according to The Times.
The Chamberlain family’s attorneys said they plan to begin the process of appealing the jury’s ruling on Friday, according to The Times.
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