RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) --The mother of Devin Peterson, who stole a Nevada Highway Patrol truck and another victim's vehicle before fatally shooting himself, has filed a lawsuit against the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and NHP Trooper Robert Nivarel.
Josette Peterson, through her Reno lawyer Ken McKenna, filed a lawsuit today in Second Judicial Court against the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Trooper Nivarel. In court papers released by her attorney, Peterson states that due to the NHP's negligence, which includes failing to properly train and supervise Trooper Nivarel on proper procedures performed at an intersection stop, failure to prevent the patrol car from being stolen by a citizen and the failure of preventing a citizen from obtaining the Trooper's weapon, Peterson suffered extreme physical injuries resulting in death.
Peterson accuses the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Trooper Nivarel of extreme and outrageous conduct that goes beyond the possible bounds of decency and what is expected professional trained law enforcement officers.
The report further states that the State of Nevada, including NHP command staff, have been previously warned by former troopers that the failure to properly train and supervise would result in tragedy. Peterson states that the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Trooper Nivarel are responsible for negligence and wrongful death that have caused her to suffer emotional distress and mental health treatment expenses and is seeking over $1 million in damages.