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BRITTON UPDATE: Tort claim puts sheriff, county on notice of pending lawsuit

The Corydon Democrat has learned that an estate has been opened for the purpose of bringing a wrongful death action against Harrison County Sheriff G. Michael Deatrick, the Harrison County Commissioners and the Harrison County Council in Harrison County Circuit Court.
Greg Clark, an attorney representing Christine Britton’s family, confirmed the notice was filed yesterday (Sept. 17) on behalf of the estate of Christine Britton. Britton allegedly shot herself on March 29, using a pistol belonging to and provided by her husband John Britton, who is a police officer with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.
Christine Britton’s estate sent a Notice of Tort Claim, putting Harrison County on notice that it plans to bring a wrongful death action against it for the woman’s death. By law, when a party plans to bring legal action against a government entity, the party must file a Notice of Tort Claim. The county has 90 days to respond to either accept, deny, and/or negotiate the claim.
More information will appear in the Sept. 23 issue of The Corydon Democrat.