Fort Wayne officer sued over shooting of unarmed teen

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The mother of a 17-year-old boy who was shot in the back by a Fort Wayne police officer is suing the cop who pulled the trigger.

Gina Dodson filed the lawsuit on behalf of her son in federal court Wednesday, according to the Journal Gazette, saying Officer Robert Hollo used excessive force when he shot the teen on June 21.

The shooting happened after a rash of shootings, two of which were fatal, involving other teenagers.

Fort Wayne Police say Hollo was patrolling an area near the 2800 block of Smith Street when three people approached his vehicle. Hollo thought one of them was armed.

Fort Wayne Police Chief Garry Hamilton said Hollo fired four shots at the 17-year-old and one bullet shot him in the hip when the teen tried to run away.

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The bullet couldn’t be removed without risking injury to the teen’s spine. Officers did find a gun at the scene, but they found it in a nearby car, and not on the teen.

Hollo is on administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation.

A copy of the complaint is below.

Complaint by Saige Driver on Scribd


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