Shepherd v. City of Shreveport, No. 18-30528 (5th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
After William Shepherd was shot and killed by a police officer, plaintiff filed suit alleging excessive force claims against the officer and the city. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendants and held that, under the totality of the circumstances, the officer's use of deadly force was reasonable. In this case, the officer was responding to a 911 call to assist the fire department at Shepherd's home. Shepherd had a knife in his hand and was moving towards the officer, disregarding the officer's command to get back.
The court also held that the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying plaintiff's motion to supplement her brief in opposition to summary judgment, because she offered no explanation for why the supplemental materials were not included in the first brief and she fell far short of demonstrating that there was good cause for receiving a schedule adjustment to permit supplemental briefing.