Oregon man injured after being shot with stun gun while in stream sues police

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MEDFORD, Ore. – A federal civil rights lawsuit alleges that two southern Oregon police officers used excessive force on a man who fled from a vehicle stop and was fatally shot with a Taser while he was standing in a stream.

The lawsuit says two Eagle Point officers fired their stun guns at Jonathon J. Wolf on June 21, 2021, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. The suit says it knocked him into the water and hit his head against a rock, knocking him out.

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Police initially stopped a car Wolf was in. Wolf ran as police attempted to arrest him on a parole violation warrant.

The lawsuit alleges officers should have known that Wolf’s standing position in a rock-bottomed stream would result in injuries when a Taser was used.

Eagle Point town administrator Aaron Prunty said he had not read the lawsuit and could not comment.

Attorney David J. Linthorst said Wolf had been floating face down in the water for at least a minute before officers were able to reach him.

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Wolf, 33, was hospitalized with a concussion and lung damage, Linthorst said.

The lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in Medford, seeks unspecified damages for Wolf’s injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering.

Wolf’s “mere theft” in front of an officer was not sufficient justification to use a Taser to arrest him, Linthorst argues.

This article originally appeared in the Salem Statesman Journal: Oregon man files federal lawsuit after being shot with stun gun

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