Detective at center of viral video beating named in lawsuit after deadly car chase

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Deputy Blake Kilpatrick, left, and Barry Bennett.

A detective under investigation for his involvement in a viral video in which he is seen punching and kicking a handcuffed man is also currently involved in a lawsuit for his part in deadly car chase.

Detective Blake Kilpatrick was named in the $40 million lawsuit filed earlier this year as one of the deputies involved in the shooting death of Christopher Dalton Sexton, 29, who was killed after leading police on a car chase in 2017.

The pursuit crisscrossed county lines as Sexton drove between Hamilton and Sequatchie counties, according to a TBI report.

Sexton's vehicle was forced off the roadway by a deputy as the pursuit turned onto Sequoyah Road and Sexton exited his vehicle, brandishing a weapon and pointing it at officers. Several deputies fired at him, striking and killing him at the scene.

The lawsuit alleges Sexton never posed a threat to the public or deputies and those deputies were wrong to kill him. In fact, the lawsuit claims that rather than pointing a firearm at authorities, he "exited his vehicle and began moving away from law enforcement, with his back to law enforcement."

It goes on to state that deputies shot at Christopher Sexton more than 40 times, hitting him six times in the back and multiple times in the back of his buttocks and legs as well as both sides of his torso, the Times Free Press reported previously.

It also states that after shooting him to death, deputies handcuffed him, "so tightly and aggressively that the handcuffs dug and cut into Deceased skin on his wrists."

The case is currently at a standstill until new representatives of Sexton's estate file the proper pleadings with the court to be recognized as the administrators of the estate.

A spokesperson for the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office said the case was referred to the TBI, and the district attorney then ruled the shooting was justified.

Another federal suit was filed in July 2013 alleging Kilpatrick used excessive force with a man, causing him to be sent to a local hospital and receive need six staples for a head injury.

An internal affairs investigation ultimately exonerated Kilpatrick, and the federal complaint was closed in February 2015 after a judge ruled in favor of Kilpatrick.

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