On March 27, Gary Kendrick, suffering from depression, put a shotgun to his head and pulled the trigger. The gun didn't go off. According to a suit filed November 20 in federal court, his wife called 911, despite his threats he would pull the trigger if she made the call.
Sheriff's deputies arrived quickly. Holding a bottle of vodka in one hand and the shotgun in the other, he shouted to the police, "Bring it on, m——er fu——ers," and a sheriff's deputy fired four shots, one of which killed him.
In a lawsuit against the county, his widow Cynthia claims that Kendrick's hand was not near the trigger and he could not have fired at the deputies. She is suing for damages and violation of civil rights.
The county counsel had no comment.