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Jury awards $28 million over troopers’ killing of boy

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal jury on Tuesday awarded $28 million to the father of an unarmed 12-year-old boy fatally shot by state troopers as he ran from a stolen vehicle they had cornered.

The jury found both troopers intentionally shot Michael Ellerbe during the Christmas Eve 2002 chase.

The verdict contradicted the troopers' claim that only one shot Ellerbe — and then only because the officer believed the boy had shot his partner.

Attorneys for the boy's father, Michael Hickenbottom, said the verdict and trial testimony should renew an investigation.