CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The mother of the man killed during a September police chase filed a lawsuit against the city of Charleston on Friday, claiming that police should have stopped their chase and not fired their weapons the night Brian Good and Charleston Patrolman Jerry Jones were killed.
"We believe that there were proper procedures in place that would have prevented these deaths and we believe the procedures were not followed," said Harold Albertson, the attorney for Good's mother Patricia Harrison. "We think that the senior officer should have terminated the chase."
On Sept. 13, Good led police on a chase from Charleston's East End to northern Kanawha County. The chase ended when Good ran into a Charleston police cruiser in a gravel parking lot on Quick Road.
Video from police cruisers at the scene show Good continuing to rev his engine and hit the police car as other cars close in. Three police officers then fired, killing Good and in the process also killing a fellow officer.
The lawsuit contends that Charleston police officers "immediately and negligently" opened fire on Good, killing him.
"The senior officer announced that he knew that Brian Good was the person being pursued and that he knew where Brian Good lived," the suit states. "Once this information was absolutely known, the senior officer failed to order the pursuit to be ceased."
The officers who fired were Jones, Patrolman Owen Morris and Patrolman Christopher Burford. Morris fired from in front of Good's truck; Burford fired from the driver's side; Jones fired from the passenger side.
The suit names Morris and Burford as officers on the scene, but they are not listed as defendants.
The suit claims officers "acted indifferently and recklessly to the safety and well being of others, like (Good) and his passenger, Natasha Light, when they continued a dangerous high speed chase and then opened fire on unarmed citizens."
The suit says Charleston police "had a duty" to arrest Good without firing their guns.