Father of Battle Ground teen killed in police chase files lawsuit

Battle Ground Police and its town marshal are facing a lawsuit from a local man whose teen son was killed in a police chase.

Posted: Jul 17, 2019 5:58 AM
Updated: Jul 17, 2019 11:42 AM

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) — Battle Ground Police and its town marshal are facing a lawsuit from a local man whose teen son was killed in a police chase.

Fifteen-year-old Travis Abston Junior was high on meth and driving a stolen car in Kokomo, when he led police on a chase there in Sept. 2018. It ended when he crashed into another car and died.


However, Travis Abston Senior of Battle Ground said his son's death was preventable. He said Battle Ground town marshal Jerry Burk incorrectly told Kokomo police the teen might have a gun, and was possibly planning to carry out a school shooting in Kokomo.

The lawsuit also cites Kokomo police, saying they didn't sufficiently investigate that claim and failed to deescalate the situation.

The Tippecanoe School Corporation confirmed Abston was a student at Harrison High School at the time.

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