(CBS DETROIT) – A federal lawsuit has been filed after a man alleges that a Grand Rapids police officer believed he was a suspect in connection with a stolen vehicle and fired a handgun in his direction.
According to MLive, the lawsuit was filed by Daevionne Smith against Gregory Bauer, the officer involved in the incident, the Grand Rapids Police Department and the City of Grand Rapids.
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Late in the evening on December 9, the Smith left his father’s house and started running because he thought there were attackers on the side of the house.
While running, the officer is said to have slipped, fired his gun and hit a building.
Police say Smith’s white Audi parked outside his father’s house resembled a stolen vehicle involved in a shooting earlier that day.
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Bauer is accused of careless discharging of a firearm.
The $8 million lawsuit was filed to compensate Smith for post-traumatic stress and mental anxiety.
Benton Harbor attorney John Beason III claims officers should have checked it was the correct vehicle.
The jury selection for the trial of Bauer will take place on May 12.
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