BALTIMORE - 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 (http://bit.ly/1a2YSkZ ) 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.