Home Invasion Suspect Sues Police for $450k After Being Paralyzed by Gunshot
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Cases like this are why people, including law enforcement officers, are hesitant to use deadly force to defend themselves.
According to local media reports, a suspect in a home invasion is now suing police officers involved in his capture after he was shot and lost use of his legs.
According to My Dallas Post,
James Rankin, 23, of Carnegie, filed the three-count suit in U.S. District Court in Scranton on Wednesday through attorney Jack M. Bernard of Philadelphia. He is seeking $150,000 on each count.
Rankin is facing aggravated assault and other charges in Luzerne County Court related to a home invasion of an apartment at 251 Kidder St. on April 9, 2012. Rankin allegedly used a Taser to stun Naeem Ford and Magarita Martinez during a fight inside the apartment, according to the criminal complaint.
Rankin jumped through a third-floor window and was chased by city police. Police pursued Rankin around the block as an officer fired when Rankin reached toward his waistband, the complaint says.
Ranking says law enforcement officers in the area threatened to shoot him if he didn’t leave town during an incident in the days prior to his alleged involvement in the home invasion.