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Wrongful death lawsuit filed against ISP in Glenn Rightsell's shooting death

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Posted at 1:37 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 16:10:07-05

CRAWFORDSVILLE — The family of a man who was shot and killed by an Indiana State Police trooper in December 2018 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against state police.

On December 28, 2018, Glenn Rightsell was shot and killed by trooper Daniel Organ along U.S. 231 in Montgomery County, just north of Crawfordsville.

Trooper Organ was cleared of wrong doing in the shooting in March 2019. The prosecutor concluded that Organ believed a gun was being drawn on him when he fired at Rightsell.

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According to the lawsuit, Rightsell was working on his daughter's broken-down car when Organ shot him in the face. The lawsuit claims that Rightsell had contacted police to inform them that he was working on the vehicle before he arrived and that after he was shot, police "unreasonably delayed" access to medical care.

The lawsuit, filed by Gloria Rightsell on December 16, also names the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and two deputies and the City of Crawfordsville and an officer.

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The lawsuit does not name a specific amount, but asks for a judgement "in an amount which will fully and fairly compensate the Estate of Glenn Rightsell, for costs of this action, for interest and attorney fees as allowed by law and for all other just and proper relief in the premises."

Indiana State Police say they have not yet received a copy of the lawsuit.

RTV6 has also reached out to the Montgomery County Sheriff and the City of Crawfordsville/Crawfordsville Police Department for comment. We are still waiting for a response.