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Man shot by deputies files federal suit


A man shot by Brunswick County deputies at his home nearly three years ago has filed a lawsuit.

Deputies Brian Carlisle and James Sheehan shot George Cooper at his home on Maco Road near Leland in May 2007 after they say he pointed a shotgun at them. A SBI investigation cleared the officers, while Cooper was charged with two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.

In his federal complaint, Cooper says the officers violated his civil rights, specifically by using excessive force.

Cooper names former Sheriff Ron Hewett in the complaint. Evidence used to suspend Hewett from office included an audio recording of an apparently drunk Hewett telling deputies at the scene SBI agents told him Cooper's gun was not loaded.

Current Sheriff John Ingram and other members of the department are also named as defendants.

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Someone else to blame

The ones who commit the crimes always blame someone else when they get hurt for doing wrong. What were the deputies supposed to do say excuse me sir is that shotgun loaded? Get real if you point it your going to get shot. He's lucky he's not dead.

Good luck

From the story: "...shot George Cooper at his home on Maco Road near Leland in May 2007 after they say he pointed a shotgun at them." Even if they found out later that the gun wasn't loaded, if they didn't know that at the time he pointed it at the deputies, game over. You never never never point any gun at any LEO. Period. End. No discussion. Common sense will tell you that.

Another waste of time

He pointed a shotgun at deputies and now claims they used excessive force?

What lawyer was so desperate for work that he took this case?

His Hope

of course is the County's insurance provider will decide it's cheaper to write a check and buy him off then pay another attorney to defend the county.

When all else fails, throw out civil rights violations.

Finish the job

See what happens when you don't shoot to kill. The criminal turns around and sues the officers. He should be thanking them that they didn't shoot him in the head.

Nay, nay!

That was my initial thought, too. "This is what happens when you let your marksmanship skills lapse. Why didn't you kill the guy?"

Then I remembered that juries are FAR more sympathetic toward surviving NOK than they are toward the dirtbag who got shot. This will be in the county's best interest, financially.

As states, counties, and municipalities continue their suicidal march toward insolvency and anarchy we may see a whole new approach to deadly force; "Shoot him enough to stop him from hurting someone, but for God's sake whatever you do, don't kill him!"

(Close behind that one will be disarming LEO's, because they'll decide that it's cheaper to pay off their life insurance than it is to pay off a successful lawsuit by the criminal or their family.)