Lawsuit Alleges Jewish School Shooting Suspect Experienced Father’s Fatal Police Shooting!

According to a wrongful deαth lawsuit filed by his family, the father of the guy who reportedly opened fire outside a Jewish school in Memphis earlier this week was shot and ki!!ed by police during a mental health crisis in 2003.

The suspect, Joel Bowman, now 33, was present when his father was shot and murd*red and experienced emotional anguish.

On Monday afternoon, nearly 20 years later, Joel Bowman was shot by a Memphis police officer after allegedly shooting six shots outside the Margolin Hebrew Academy. He is still in serious condition at a Memphis hospital.

The complaint, which NBC News obtained, provides some insight into his background, while a purpose remains unknown.

Anthony Bowman, 44, the gunman’s father, died on May 14, 2003, after his wife, Susan Bowman, and others contacted 911 for assistance. According to an updated complaint filed 2004 in a Shelby County, Tennessee, circuit court, he “was acting erratically and appeared to be emotionally distraught.”

Anthony Bowman, a local physician on medicine for bipolar personality disorder, was said to have briefly left the house and then returned.

Lawsuit Alleges Jewish School Shooting Suspect Experienced Father's Fatal Police Shooting

Officers found the father standing in the house, threatening to shoot himself with a firearm he was holding, according to the claim. He ran upstairs to the second story at one point but returned shortly later, still holding the revolver.

According to the lawsuit, the father never pointed the weapon at anyone else or threatened to hurt anyone other than himself.

“With his gun still pointed at his head and threatening to kill himself, Dr. Bowman left the home by the front door and walked away from officers,” according to the lawsuit. “He never threatened anyone else during this time.”

When the father walked away, an officer fired six times at him with an SL6, which is meant to shoot projectiles known as batons. According to a second amended complaint filed in 2015, he was wounded by a missile once in the head and five times in the body. It claims that the shot to the head “left him helpless and defenseless.”

A second cop fired three shots from a shotgun. According to the report, the officer was around 10 feet away and the gun was loaded with buckshot containing nine pellets. Many of the pellets “passed through the body of Dr. Bowman,” according to the claim.

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According to the lawsuit, Susan Bowman saw her husband’s deαth. According to the case, she blamed the police, claiming that both officers should have employed non-lethal tactics.

“Though emotionally disturbed, Dr. Bowman was not a threat to anyone else,” according to the lawsuit.

It also claims that Susan Bowman was removed from her son shortly after the incident and forced to provide a statement to police. Joel Bowman was “interrogated at the scene while his father remained lifeless on the ground for an extended period of time,” according to the report.

Susan Bowman stated that she had emotional pain following his deαth. According to the lawsuit, her son got psychological treatment and was treated for mental discomfort.

According to a court filing, the lawsuit was eventually settled in 2017. According to the city attorney’s office, the terms of the settlement are private. A request for comment from the Memphis Police Department was not returned.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the shooting began on Monday when Joel Bowman allegedly stepped out of his pickup with a gun in his hand and attempted to enter the school. When he couldn’t enter, he “fired shots outside the school,” according to Assistant Chief of Police Don Crowe.

According to police, he fled the school in his pickup. Officers observed the vehicle and sought to pull it over. He was shot as he allegedly got out with a gun in his hand, according to authorities.

The officer who opened fire was relieved of duty while the investigation was conducted, as is customary procedure.

According to the Secure Community Network, an organization dedicated to the safety and security of Jewish institutions across the country, no one was harmed in the gunfire outside the school.

Joel Bowman was charged on Wednesday with one count of carrying weapons on school property, reckless endangerment, criminal attempted second-degree murder, possessing a firearm during the commission or attempted commission of a hazardous felony, and assault against a first responder.

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