GoUpsate | Father of woman killed by police sues Duncan

April 2, 2015

Ryan Langley and Charles Hodge with Spartanburg-based Hodge and Langley Law Firm represent Oliver's estate.

The father of a woman killed by a Duncan police officer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The city of Duncan, the Duncan Police Department and officer Terry Lane are named as co-defendants in the civil suit that seeks unspecified damages.

Rebecca Lynn Oliver, 24, of Greer, entered Lane's unoccupied police car around 10:25 a.m. March 4, 2014, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit states that Oliver was unarmed and posed no “jeopardy of serious bodily harm or death” to Lane who was outside the car when he fired at least four shots at her. The suit also claims that the police car she was shot in was not properly preserved.

Authorities have said that Lane feared for his life when Oliver took control of his patrol car.

Oliver's estate asserts in its claim that standard policies and procedures were not followed in the events leading up to her death.

Lane, according to the suit, used excessive force when he shot Oliver. “Lane had other available methods of handling the situation which would have been less forceful and would not have placed him in any harm or exposure to harm,” the lawsuit states.

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