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Court dismisses claims over stun gun death in La.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered the dismissal of civil claims against a former Winnfield police officer who repeatedly shocked a man with a stun gun before he died in 2008.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that Scott Nugent is entitled to immunity from claims filed by Latrina Thomas, the mother of Baron Pikes' son.

In 2000, a jury in state court acquitted Nugent of manslaughter in the death of Pikes. Thomas' lawsuit claimed Nugent used excessive force when he shocked Pikes with a Taser eight times during his arrest.

The 5th Circuit panel said Thomas hasn't shown that Nugent used unreasonable force. It reversed a ruling by a district court judge who allowed her claims against Nugent to proceed.

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