Attorney General: MS cannot be sued in agent’s death

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JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi attorney general’s office says the state cannot be sued over the death of a Gaming Commission agent killed during a training exercise.

Attorney General Jim Hood’s staff filed papers Monday in U.S. District Court in Oxford, responding to a suit filed in September by the agent’s widow.

Summer Gorman sued three state agencies, Tunica County and two unnamed people, saying 46-year-old John Gorman of Madison died during what should have been a routine event.

In January 2015, John Gorman was participating in a required weapons training seminar that the Gaming Commission conducted in Tunica. The course instructor shot him in the chest. The lawsuit says the training scenario was not supposed to use real weapons.

The attorney general’s office says states are immune from being sued.