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Walmart, Wisconsin center seek dismissal of shooting lawsuit

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and a center for the disabled and mentally ill have requested the dismissal of a lawsuit filed after an officer fatally shot a 25-year-old woman at a Wisconsin store last year.

The Leader-Telegram reports that a resident of the Northern Wisconsin Center, Melissa Abbott, swung a hatchet at Walmart shoppers in April 2016. Lake Hallie Officer Adam Meyers arrived at the scene and shot Meyers twice. She later died at a nearby hospital.

Abbott’s family filed a lawsuit against the village, the police department, the store, the Northern Wisconsin Center and several insurance companies, alleging that their negligence had led to Abbott’s death.

Attorneys for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the center say their organizations aren’t at fault.

A hearing for the dismissal requests is scheduled for Dec. 19.

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