Yarmouth officer, town sued in fatal shooting

Staff reports

The woman who was in the car with Andre Martins when he was shot and killed by a Yarmouth Police officer last summer is filing a lawsuit.

Camila Campos has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the town of Yarmouth and Officer Christopher Van Ness who fired the gun at Martins on July 27, 2008, after Martins refused to stop for police.

The Cape and Islands District Attorney, Michael O'Keefe, cleared Van Ness a few months after the incident saying the officer's life was in danger and deadly force was justified.

Attorney Leonard Kesten of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten of Boston has been hired to represent Van Ness and the town. Kesten said the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court this week.

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