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Lawsuit Filed Against Fayetteville Police After Fatal Crash

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - A Lincoln County family has filed suit against the city of Fayetteville after a family member was killed in a crash involving a stolen police vehicle.

The lawsuit was filed after the death of 55-year-old Henry Holt, Sr. The Fayetteville Police Department, City of Fayetteville, and an unnamed officer were named in the suit.

The $7.4 million lawsuit was announced Thursday afternoon during a press conference outside the law offices of Bart Durham in Nashville.

On Saturday, August 31, a Fayetteville police officer put an intoxicated 49-year-old Misty Shelton in the backseat of his patrol car under suspicion of theft. She somehow managed to get from the backseat to the driver's seat and drive away.

Officials said while driving the cruiser, Shelton hit an SUV with five people inside. Both vehicles sustained extensive.

Holt died in the crash. Holt's daughter, Monica Gooding, and her three children were also inside the vehicle. All sustained injuries.

Attorney Blair Durham said the city and police department were liable because the officer did not follow proper protocol while restraining Shelton in the back of the car.

Gooding said the family is struggling to cope with the tragedy.

"It's been miserable for my whole family. Our daddy's gone," said Gooding.

The family has asked anyone who witnessed the crash to contact the Bart Durham Law Office. 

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