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Slain Baltimore officer's family sues department

Saturday - 1/11/2014, 12:22am  ET

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The family of a plainclothes Baltimore police officer killed by friendly fire as officers tried to break up a fight outside a nightclub has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department.

The Daily Record reports ( ) that the suit filed Wednesday by the family of William Torbit Jr. also names four officers and the then-acting district commander. It seeks unspecified damages.

Torbit responded to a report of trouble at the Select Lounge early on Jan. 9, 2011 and investigators determined he fired shots as he was stomped by a group of people. Uniformed officers -- not knowing Torbit was an officer -- fired dozens of shots, killing Torbit and wounding four others. Investigators say Torbit likely shot and killed Sean Gamble, whose family filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday.


Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore,

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