CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A lawsuit against Walmart Inc. is moving forward following the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old woman at a Wisconsin store in 2016.
The Leader-Telegram reports that Chippewa County Judge James Isaacson heard arguments in the case Tuesday but didn’t decide whether to dismiss it.
Melissa Abbott lived at the Northern Wisconsin Center, a state-operated facility in Chippewa Falls for people with disabilities and mental illnesses. Abbott was shopping at the Lake Hallie Walmart in April 2016 when she began swinging a hatchet.
Lake Hallie Police Officer Adam Meyers shot Abbott twice. She later died at a nearby hospital.
Abbott’s family filed a lawsuit last year alleging negligence led to the woman’s death. The director of the Northern
Wisconsin Center is also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit.