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Mother withdraws her case against Easton officer who shot her son

EASTON, Pa. - The mother of a Palmer Township man who was shot and killed by Easton Police in 2014 has decided to drop her lawsuit.

"It has been almost three years since my son's death and I have come to terms with my loss," Lois Spaziani said in her letter to Judge Jeffrey Schmehl. 

She originally filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court. It alleges the Easton officer who shot her son, Richard Scheuermann III, used excessive force.

Scheuermann was shot by Easton Police Sgt. Dominick Marraccini after leading officers on a high-speed chase on Oct. 24, 2014.

The Pennsylvania State Attorney General's Office cleared Sgt. Marraccini of any criminal wrongdoing. The Attorney General's Office determined Marraccini was justified in using deadly force against Scheuermann III after a high-speed chase.

According to the state Attorney General's Office, Scheuermann was driving a large truck when he ran several red lights, drove the wrong way down one way streets, swerved towards a pedestrian and two police cars before running into one of the cars. Investigators say Scheuermann ignored police commands after officers fired into his truck and grabbed a pocket knife and used it to stab himself in the neck.

The lawsuit that was filed by Spaziani painted a different picture and claimed that Scheuermann wasn't driving dangerously before he was shot. It also claimed police waited to get him medical attention after he was shot and went on to say the city of Easton failed to discipline Sgt. Marraccini after the incident.

In the letter from Lois Spaziani dated Oct. 4, 2017, she states that she holds no malice in her heart toward anyone.

"I am not interested in any money, I never was. I just wanted the truth...," she said. "For the first time in three years I can honestly say that I am at peace with my soul."

She concluded the letter by asking the judge what she needs to do "to end this nightmare so I can start living again."

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