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Gloria Rightsell pushing for justice now more than ever

Five months after her husband was fatally shot, Gloria Rightsell said justice won't come easy..

Posted: May 30, 2019 11:56 PM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Five months after her husband was fatally shot, Gloria Rightsell said justice won't come easy..

Glenn Rightsell was shot and killed by a police trooper while fixing his daughter's Dodge Challenger on the side of the road in December.

We told you Wednesday, May 29th, Gloria had filed a tort claim with the state to seek wrongful death damages.

News 18 asked her what it would take to find justice for the man she calls, the love of her life.

"There's no justice," said Gloria Rightsell. "Unless they get rid of the cop that shot Glenn."

That cop was Daniel Organ.

He said he thought 56-year-old Glenn Rightsell was pulling a weapon when he fired. Rightsell's widow Gloria relives the nightmare every day.

"I'm in shock," said Rightsell. "Totally. I drive by there on a daily basis and I just can't believe it."

It's a belief that she has to live with the rest of her life. However, now she and her attorney are going to work. State police have 90 days to respond to their tort claim filing.

"I'll wait however long it takes," said Rightsell. "I want justice."

Gloria knows that's what Glenn would want too.

"I think he'd say get them," said Rightsell.

Glenn and Gloria had been together since 1997. They bought a home in Linden, IN, their first home, together back in 2003. Two of their five kids grew up there, but now Gloria said its tough to live here by herself.

"With all of the family around, it's still lonely," said Rightsell. "It's still lonely."

But she said she's thankful for the community support.

"I've never ever had anybody say that they wasn't sorry," said Rightsell.

Gloria even feels sorry.

"He asked for me," said Rightsell. "He asked for his wife and I wasn't there and I have terrible guilt about that."

It's not about the money in the lawsuit for Rightsell.

"No money in the world can bring him back," said Rightsell. "Nothing. There's no money."

There's one way for justice.

"I want Organ," said Rightsell. "I want him off the force. I mean I believe if he stays a cop somebody else will be killed."

Gloria said it didn't have to be her husband.

"I'll never get over it," said Rightsell.  "He was one of a kind."

The tort claim was filed May 20th.

One of Gloria's sons is helping her with the lawsuit.

She is hoping to hold a memorial motorcycle ride in June for Glenn.

Gloria said the toughest part is controlling how many community members and friends come out in support.

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