Human Resources and Law

Man files $10M lawsuit after shooting

June 29, 2017
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A parole absconder who was shot by a U.S. deputy marshal has filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million.

Donald Richardson says in the lawsuit that he was unarmed when he was shot in the back while crawling out a window of a home during a May 28, 2015 raid by a fugitive task force in Lansing. The suit against the deputy marshal was filed last month in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

A prosecutor's review determined the shooting was justified, because Richardson was holding an object, later determined to be a cellphone, and the marshal had reason to fear for his life. The lawsuit, however, disputes that assessment.

The U.S. Marshals Service isn't commenting on the pending litigation.

Records say Richardson is being held at a state prison in Michigan.

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