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Philadelphia sued after man shoots neighbors; Lawsuit says officer did not help

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By Carrie Bradon | Jul 19, 2019


Philadelphia federal court

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man has filed a suit against the city and other individuals over a 2017 shooting death.

Anthony Dempsey, as administrator of the estate of August Lois Dempsey, filed a complaint on July 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the city of Philadelphia; Maria Hoyle, also known as Maria Kolanczyk; Kenneth D. Hoyle; and the estate of Robert DePaul, alleging negligence and wrongful death.

According to the complaint, August Lois Dempsey was at Robert DePaul's house on July 15, 2017, in Philadelphia. The suit states DePaul and Kenneth D. Hoyle were in a verbal confrontation that escalated the following morning. The suit states Maria Hoyle contacted the Philadelphia Police Department but the officer who responded did not render aid or intervene.

The suit states that Kenneth D. Hoyle later fatally shot DePaul and August Lois Dempsey that day and was charged and convicted of two counts of first-degree murder.

The plaintiff is seeking $50,000 in compensatory damages, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiff is represented by Nicholas W. Mattiacci of N.W. Mattiacci Law LLC in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:19-CV-03018

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