Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Gunman in Headline Grabbing Lubbock Shooting


LUBBOCK, TX – The wife of Chad Read filed a lawsuit Tuesday in hopes to get $50 million for what she calls the wrongful death of her husband.

As previously reported, an affair involving the current husband of a Texas district judge ended with the shooting of Chad Read, of Lubbock, earlier last month. The now widowed wife of Read released the footage of the shooting on Nov. 24. Despite the video being released, the shooter, Kyle Carruth, of Lubbock, has still not been charged with anything.

Now Read's wife has filed a civil lawsuit against Carruth for the wrongful death of Read.

In the lawsuit, the attorney alleges that Read was wrongfully killed because of a number of reasons. These included facts that Read had a court order to get his child from the mother at the time and location, the argument was between Read and his ex-wife, Carruth brought out the gun which they claim escalated the situation, among other things.

On the other side, Carruth's attorney claims he was in the right. 

“When a trespassing Chad Read advanced on Mr. Carruth, who was standing within feet of the front door of his home and office, employees there, Mr. Read said I’ll take your gun and effing kill you with it and then tried to,” Read's attorney told a Lubbock news station. “It was then and only then did that gun get pointed at Mr. Read at the fatal moment,” Carruth’s attorney said. “Mr. Read had every opportunity to leave, to try to escalate the situation. He was threatening to others. Police had been called and he knew that, Mr. Carruth came out the door, the gun pointed in the air and told him to leave. Most people would have.”

Read's wife is looking to get $50 million for "actual damages for pecuniary losses, mental anguish, loss of companionship and society, loss of inheritance, physical and mental pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, and funeral expenses, exemplary damages, pre-and post-judgment interest as allowed by law, all costs of Court; and all such other and further relief, at law and in equity, to which Plaintiff may be justly entitled.”

The court date has not been set at this time.

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