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Family sues Laurel sheriff's department, deputy over man's death

The family of a London man shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in June has filed a federal lawsuit against the Laurel County Sheriff's Department for $15 million in damages.

The co-executors for the estate of James Ernest Goforth say Deputy Richard Sapcut, who also is named in the lawsuit, did not have reasonable or probable cause to shoot Goforth, according to the lawsuit filed Aug. 4.

The lawsuit says that on June 26, Sapcut wanted Goforth, 35, to pull over to the side of a ride in Laurel County. When Goforth didn't, a chase ensued, and Goforth's vehicle became stuck.

Goforth and another person in the car left the vehicle, and Sapcut shot Goforth, the Associated Press reported. Goforth was pronounced dead at the scene in the Daniel Boone National Forest near London.

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