LAFAYETTE — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit against a Lafayette police officer over his fatal shooting of an armed man when responding to a disturbance at Campus Crossings apartments in December 2011.
Relatives of Quamaine Dwayne Mason, 21, had alleged Officer Martin Faul overreacted in shooting their son, who had a pistol tucked into his pants but had not fired at police.
Faul and other officers were responding to a 911 call at the apartment complex.
They arrived to find a heated argument between Mason and his girlfriend, and Faul said he fired on Mason after it appeared the man was reaching for a gun tucked in his pants, according to a State Police investigation of the incident.
Mason fell to the ground after the initial shots, and Faul fired twice more, telling State Police investigators that Mason appeared to be trying to roll over to pull his gun.
U.S. District Judge Richard Haik, in a ruling filed this week, found that Faul was justified in the use of deadly force considering the situation.
A Lafayette Parish grand jury reviewed the case in 2012 — standard procedure for police shootings — and cleared Faul of wrongdoing.