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Lawsuit filed in deputy's rampage

October 14, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The parents of four young people killed by a sheriff's deputy and the lone survivor of his shooting rampage last year contend in a lawsuit that the gunman's law enforcement superiors were negligent in supervising him and giving him access to weapons.

The lawsuit, filed in Forest County Circuit Court, also contends that authorities knew that Deputy Tyler Peterson, 20, had a history of violence.

Peterson was also a part-time Crandon policeman. The lawsuit names Crandon Police Chief John Dennee, Forest County Sheriff Keith Van Cleve and their insurance companies as defendants.

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