BREMERTON — The city of Bainbridge Island is challenging a federal jury’s decision to award $1 million to the family of a mentally-ill man who was fatally shot by Bainbridge police in 2010.
The Kitsap Sun reported that attorneys for the city are asking a federal judge to halt the June 1 decision. The city wants a new trial, saying Bainbridge Police Chief Jon Fehlman, who had fallen ill, did not have a chance to defend himself during the trial.
Doug Ostling was shot and killed in his apartment in 2010. His family sued.
This month, the jury rejected the family’s claims that officers illegally entered Ostling’s bedroom, used excessive force and failed to help him after he was shot. But jurors found the police department failed to properly train its officers in dealing with the mentally ill.