Family of slain Chicago cop sues Miss. gun shop

4-City-_Wortham_family_lawsuit.jpgA Chicago police officer collects bullet casings near the scene where fellow police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed May 2010. It was announced Wednesday, April 24, 2013 that Wortham’s family has filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi gun dealer who sold the gun used to kill the police officer. Defender/Worsom Robinson

The family of an off-duty Chicago police officer who was shot and killed three years ago by gang members is filing a lawsuit against the Mississippi gun dealer where the weapon was purchased.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence on Wednesday announced the lawsuit filed by the family of Thomas Wortham IV in a news release. Wortham had just returned from Iraq after serving in the National Guard when he was shot outside his family home by men trying to steal his motorcycle.

The lawsuit alleges Ed’s Pawn Shop and Salvage Yard in Byhalia, Miss., was negligent in selling the weapon to a man they knew or should have known was conspiring with a gun trafficker.

The owner of the shop did not immediately return a call for comment.

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