A federal appeals court in St. Louis is scheduled to hear oral arguments as part of a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of a 67-year-old Arkansas man killed by an off-duty Little Rock police officer.
The female officer and a colleague who also was working private security when Eugene Ellison was shot to death in December 2010 want the appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling denying their immunity claims in the suit by Ellison's family.
Lead plaintiff Troy Ellison, the victim's son, is a Little Rock police sergeant. His older brother is a former Little Rock detective who now teaches criminal justice in Texas.
The St. Louis federal courthouse is surrounded by barricades to block protesters of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson and similar cases.