9 Aug 2015

Family asks feds to take over police shooting probe. “We find it illogical to identify a reason to shoot Christie in the back of the head. It is confusing why the local sheriff’s department is the sole investigative entity of a shooting in their own dept. This is a tragedy and travesty of justice.”

The family of a woman killed in a police shooting is asking the Department of Justice to take over the investigation after what they said were two months with few answers.
Recently, James Benedict penned a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch about the case involving his daughter Christie Cathers. Several other lawmakers were copied on the letter.

Cathers was killed on June 5, following a police chase. According to the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, the chase started along Harner Run Road and ended on Finch/Snyder Run Road, when Cathers tried to drive her car into a deputy’s cruiser. The deputy fired and killed Cathers, 45.

In Benedict’s letter, he states that Cathers was shot four times with one wound to the back of her head.
“We clearly find it illogical to identify a reason to shoot Christie in the back of the head,” Benedict wrote. “It is also confusing to us as to the reason why the local sheriff’s department would be the sole investigative entity of a shooting within their own department. This is a tragedy and travesty of justice.”

The sheriff’s department is still waiting for the final autopsy report, Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner said. They are gathering the information and then will present it to the prosecuting attorney for any possible further action.
The sheriff also said that he would have no issues if someone from the Department of Justice looked into the case.

“I don’t have any problem with that at all,” Kisner said.

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