A woman living in Corpus Christi is suing an Austin police detective for wrongful death after her teenage daughter committed suicide using the detective’s gun.
The woman alleges that the suicide could have been prevented if the detective had secured her weapon. She claims the detective was negligent when she left her weapon unsecured in her purse.
The woman’s daughter had moved to Bastrop last year to live with her aunt and the detective, according to the lawsuit. The detective had fallen asleep watching television and was awakened by the 16-year-old asking her for permission to go outside. The girl’s body was found at Cedar Creek Park hours later, according to the lawsuit.
Police ruled the death a suicide and said the teen used the detective’s gun. The mother is seeking more than $1 million in damages.
The plaintiff’s attorney has requested the Bastrop County sheriff’s office reopen the investigation into the death of his client’s daughter. The attorney said he believes the detective should have been charged with criminal negligence for failing to secure her service handgun.
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