Tuesday, July 14, 2009 | Despite having the knowledge that Bruce failed the psychological test twice, and being rejected by at least eight other law enforcement agencies, he was still ultimately hired by the Sheriff’s Department, and went on to fatally shoot his wife, the plaintiff’s complaint said.
The lawsuit alleges the Sheriff’s Department of “careless and reckless hiring policies or practices led to the issuing of a gun to Bruce, which then led to the death of Kristin.”
But according to Judge Houston there is no direct link between the county’s screening process for hiring purposes and the death of Kristin.
The plaintiffs did not demonstrate that the shooting was “a plainly obvious consequence of the hiring decision,” a threshold that was established in 1997 by the U.S. Supreme Court, Houston said.”
Um….. The Sheriff’s Department handed Bruce the murder weapon.