Widow of slain Gaming Commission agent suing state, county

John Gorman

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A widow of a Mississippi Gaming Commission agent is suing state and local officials after her husband was killed last year during a weapons training exercise.

News outlets reported Wednesday that Summer Gorman filed the lawsuit in Oxford against three state agencies, Tunica County and two unnamed individuals, saying 45-year-old John Gorman died during what should have been a routine event.

In January 2015, John Gorman was participating in a required weapons training seminar in Tunica held by the Gaming Commission when the course instructor shot him in the chest.

The lawsuit says the training scenario was supposed to involve dummy weapons, not real ones.

The lawsuit says a medical helicopter arrived and deputies decided to not transfer Gorman to a hospital even though a trauma center was nearby.

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