Family plans lawsuits in cop's death

Det. Christopher Ridley died in Westchester shooting earlier this year
April 25, 2008 11:23:15 AM PDT
In Westchester County, the family of a young police officer who was fatally shot by police as he tried to subdue a suspect is pointing the finger at county officials.The family of Mount Vernon police Detective Christopher Ridley has notified Westchester County, White Plains and Mount Vernon that it intends to sue the three municipalities in his death.

Ridley was fatally shot in January by county police as he tried to break up a fight involving a homeless man.

In notices of claim, the family says White Plains and the county did not supervise the 39-year-old homeless man. The family also charges the county with "negligent and careless training" of its police officers and Mount Vernon with failing "to provide adequate training and supervision" to the officer.

Ridley was off duty when he confronted the man, who pulled his handgun from Ridley's waistband and it went off. Ridley retrieved the gun and was shot by county officers after he failed to respond to a command to put it down.

Last month, a Westchester County grand jury cleared the four officers of any criminal wrongdoing.