Docket Nos. 105789, 105851 cons.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
HECTOR ADAMES, JR., et al. Appellees and Cross-Appellants, v.
MICHAEL F. SHEAHAN, in His Official Capacity as Cook County
Sheriff, Appellant and Cross-Appellee–HECTOR ADAMES, JR., et
al., Appellees and Cross-Appellants, v. BERETTA U.S.A.
CORPORATION, Appellants and Cross-Appellees.
Opinion filed March 19, 2009.
JUSTICE THOMAS delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justices Freeman, Garman, Karmeier,
and Burke concurred in the judgment and opinion.
Justice Kilbride took no part in the decision.
On May 5, 2001, William (Billy) Swan accidentally shot and
killed his friend Joshua (Josh) Adames while playing with his father’s
service weapon. At the time, Billy’s father, David Swan, was
employed by the Cook County sheriff’s department as a correctional
officer. Plaintiffs, Hector Adames, Jr., and Rosalia Diaz, as co-special
administrators of the estate of Josh Adames, filed suit against
numerous defendants. At issue in this case are plaintiffs’ claims
against defendant Michael F. Sheahan (Sheahan), in his official