Jury: No Excessive Force in Deadly 2015 State Police Shooting

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A jury has sided against the family of a National Guardsman who was shot and killed three years ago by state police in Wayne County.

That verdict came down Wednesday night at the federal courthouse in Wilkes-Barre after a lawsuit was filed by the family of Derek DeGroat.

DeGroat's family claimed three state troopers used excessive force when they fired 39 shots, hitting DeGroat 11 times at his home near Waymart back in 2015.

The Wayne County district attorney ruled the shooting justified, calling it a case of suicide by cop.

The jury determined DeGroat's family was not entitled to the damages they were seeking.


  • Renee Loveland

    No how or what happened no one should lose a child like this I’m sure there was other ways of taking care of this situation and why they never didn’t use the other sources.we will never know and people that make rude comments will never know this familys hurt

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