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Family of Man Killed by Yellowstone County Deputies to go to Mediation

Loren Simpson died in January 2015 after driving toward two deputies in a vehicle that had been reported stolen

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The family of a 28-year-old man who was fatally shot by two Yellowstone County sheriff’s deputies will participate in mediation in an attempt to settle a federal civil lawsuit against the county.

The Billings Gazette reports that a judge on Wednesday set the mediation for April. A Great Falls attorney will serve as the mediator between the family and the county.

Loren Simpson died in January 2015 after driving toward two deputies in a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Deputies Jason Robinson and Christopher Rudolph opened fire on Simpson and both resigned days after the shooting.

A coroner’s inquest found the two deputies justified in the shooting.

The family’s wrongful death suit alleges violations of Simpsons’ constitutional rights and says the family has suffered $10 million in damages.