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Widow sues over husband's training death

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TUNICA, MS (WMC) -

A widow filed suit against three State of Mississippi agencies, Tunica County, and two unnamed individuals, after her husband was shot and killed during a training exercise last year.

In January 2015, the life of Mississippi Gaming Agent John Gorman ended unexpectedly when he was shot during a training exercise. 

"John was not ready to die," Summer Gorman, Agent Gorman's widow, said.

Summer opened up about the death of her husband, who was shot during a Gaming Commission firearms training seminar in Tunica.

A NRA certified trainer of the course, former Special Agent Robert Sharpe, was the one who shot Gorman in the chest. 

According to the lawsuit, it happened during a scenario that was supposed to involve dummy weapons, not real ones.

"It happened only because he chose to disregard the protocol that was put in place," Summer Gorman said.

Even though a medical helicopter arrived, the lawsuit points out "a command decision" was made not to transport Gorman to a hospital, like Regional Medical Center, and said he remained on the ground for an hour before he died.

The suit alleges Gorman did not get the medical attention he needed after the shooting and brings up allegations of excessive force, and the failure to protect a law enforcement officer.

Although the lawsuit will not change what took place that day, Summer said it could bring closure.

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