Jury finds former Portsmouth Police Chief not at fault for 2009 death during barricade situation

Posted at 4:15 PM, Mar 17, 2017

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - On Friday, a jury ruled that the City of Portsmouth and former Portsmouth Police Chief Ed Hargis were not responsible for the death of a man during a 2009 barricade situation.

During the barricade, authorities threw a cell phone into Marshall Franklin Sr.'s home, breaking a window and after that, shots were fired from inside the house.

More than 20 shots were also fired into the home by officers.

Franklin was a mentally ill 60-year-old Vietnam Veteran and died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Franklin's family believes the City of Portsmouth and the police department are responsible for his death.

They were seeking damages because the family said police did not have proper training in dealing with people with mental illnesses.

Court documents stated that no one at the scene of the crime sought medical attention for Franklin while he was bleeding from the gunshot wounds.