Harris County not liable for teen who shot himself in squad car

By Gabrielle Banks
The Houston Chronicle

A federal jury in Houston Wednesday ruled that Harris County was not liable for injuries sustained by a suicidal high school student who shot himself in the back of a squad car in 2012.

The boy, Deavyn Gordon, and his father, Lynn, sued the county for failing to accommodate his disability of clinical bipolar depression under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The jurors found that Deavyn clearly had a disability as defined by federal law, however they determined that county law enforcement officers did not know he had a disability as defined by the ADA.

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