Family of Nicholas Norris comments for first time about his shooting death by Bexar County, Texas deputy
Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a national trial law firm principally based in Chicago, and the family of Nicholas Norris are providing comments about his September 30, 2021 shooting death by a Bexar County, Texas sheriff’s deputy. Norris had a known history of mental health challenges which were exacerbated by the recent death of his mother Stephanie Norris due to Covid-19. Norris was shot and killed following a short vehicle pursuit that ended near the intersection of Sundance Crest and Potranco Road on the far west side of San Antonio. The morning of his death, Norris was in emotional distress and he was in need of intervention and medical support, but his encounter with law enforcement resulted in Norris being shot and killed.
“The tragedy of this situation is that Nick Norris was in need of help, and an officer who is sworn to help citizens ended up taking his life. We see this irony play out over and over with people who have mental health challenges. Police departments clearly need to improve how they train for and engage when someone is in an emotional crisis,” said Nicolette A. Ward, Senior Attorney at Romanucci & Blandin. “Our legal team is investigating all legal avenues in this matter and we call on Bexar County officials for complete transparency regarding the facts of this case.”
“Nick was a beautiful and gentle soul and abhorred violence. His brothers and I always did our best to protect him as much as possible his whole life and can’t believe we were not there to help him at that moment when he needed it. He did not deserve to die, and our family is devastated by this tragic end to his life,” said Thomas Norris, Nicholas Norris’ father.
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