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Published September 22, 2010, 08:26 AM

Family of Jamestown man shot by police may seek legal action

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - New developments into that Jamestown police shooting that has left a young man hospitalized with severe injuries. The man was shot by police early Sunday. Police say he pointed a loaded shotgun at three officers responding to a report of a suicidal man at an apartment.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

WDAY 6 News has learned his family has hired an attorney for any future legal action.

27-year old Michael Partlow is at Sanford in Fargo after being shot multiple times. Family tells us he is in a coma, but his condition isn't being released.

Three days after nearly being shot to death by police, Michael Partlow's aunt still isn't sure what to think.

“Oh I was shocked.”

Jeannette Partlow hasn't seen the shooting victim for awhile, but calls him a good kid; someone who's quiet and reserved.

“Well I think they were kind of quick on the ball to start by shooting.”

Many of Partlow's family have been advised by their lawyer not to talk about the case. It is a case that could involve criminal charges, against all parties. The State's Attorney is waiting for the Jamestown police department and B-C-I to finish their reports before making a final decision.

“At this point, we're just waiting till all the reports have been completed and the chief reviews those reports and at that point we'll be releasing the information.”

In any case similar to this, a civil lawsuit is a possibility. No record of such case has been filed yet. City attorney, Ken Dalsted, says it's too soon for that to happen.

If and when it does, the city's insurance company will handle any payout. Dalsted won't say how much or what the cap could be.

“We haven't received anything so we wouldn't be preparing anything special. We're doing just normal standard protocol procedure when investigating a shooting such as this.”

For Michael's family, it's a waiting game. They're sticking together to stay strong. At the same time, dealing with the many unanswered questions as to what led to such a tragic incident.

“I couldn't imagine that would happen to him.”

We spoke with Michael's dad tonight. He, as did many other of his family, declined our requests for an interview. The three officers, whose names haven't been released, are still on paid administrative leave and will be pending the internal investigation.