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Family of man shot by trooper sues state police, other departments

The family of a man shot and killed by an Indiana State Police trooper is now suing state police and other departments.
Glenn Rightsell (Family photo)

CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - The family of a man shot and killed by an Indiana State Police trooper is now suing state police and other departments.

An Indianapolis law firm just fired a wrongful death lawsuit against the department, claiming Trooper Daniel Organ had no reason to shoot Glenn Rightsell as he worked on a broken-down car along US 231 in Montgomery County Dec. 28, 2018. The suit also claims officers on the scene unreasonably delayed medical care for Rightsell.

Body cam video of the shooting, which was just released by police, shows Rightsell crawling on his knees to police after he was shot in the mouth by the trooper.


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Police thought he was reaching for a gun when they shot him. He died at the hospital.

Organ was not charged in the shooting after a state police investigation and prosecutor review.

A year later, his loved ones say they're still reeling from the loss.

"Every day I wake up and it's a nightmare. Every day. I play this over and over and over and over in my head again," said his widow, Gloria.

The wrongful death lawsuit claims officers delayed medical care for Rightsell after the shooting. In addition to Organ and Indiana State Police, the lawsuit includes every agency and officer involved in the incident.