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Judge dismisses lawsuit by families of Crandon shooting victims

CRANDON (WKOW) -- The families of the Crandon shooting victims have lost a lawsuit against the city and county.

A judge dismissed the suit, placing blame on Crandon and Forest County by the families of the teens who died, and one who survived the 2007 shooting spree by a Crandon police officer.

In 2007, off-duty Forest County deputy and Crandon Police Officer Tyler Peterson shot and killed six people and wounded a seventh at a house party, before killing himself.

The families were asking for damages, claiming Peterson's mental instability led to the shootings and should have been recognized under Wisconsin's Law Enforcement Standards.

However, the judge denied the claim saying the city and county could not be held responsible for Peterson's actions.

In the wake of the shooting rampage in Crandon, some state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would mandate any potential law enforcement officer to have a mental evaluation.

Psychological testing for police is standard in many other states, and recommended nationwide. But in Wisconsin, it's not required, so Deputy Peterson never underwent such a test.

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