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Va. Police Recruit’s Death Prompts Lawsuit

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 16 (UPI) — The widow of a Norfolk, Va., police recruit who died after being hit on the head during training is suing the former and present police chiefs Tuesday.

Patricia Kohn is seeking up to $35 million in damages, The Virginian-Pilot reported. The lawsuit was filed in state court.

John Kohn, 40, died Dec. 18, nine days after he was hospitalized following a series of injuries at the police training center. An investigation by the Virginia Department of Labor determined he was hurt during a “strike-blocking drill” and again two days later in a ground-fighting drill.

“The victim received multiple hits to his head that ultimately led to his death,” a labor inspector concluded.

The inspector also discovered another police recruit survived similar injuries.

The named defendants include former Chief Bruce P. Marquis, Sharon Chamberlin, who is now the acting chief and was the assistant chief in charge of training in December, and several instructors at the training center.

Patricia Kohn, who was pregnant when her husband died, has since given birth to a daughter.

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