Shoplifter suing Springs liquor store owner

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Bryson Adrian Dewberry (Photo: Colorado Springs Police)

Bryson Adrian Dewberry (Photo: Colorado Springs Police)

DENVER – A shoplifter who was shot in the face after swiping a bottle of vodka from a Colorado Springs liquor store is now suing the store owner.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Bryson Adrian Dewberry is asking for at least $100,000 for pain and suffering. He was shot in the jaw by Chang Ho Yi, the owner of Austin Bluffs Plaza Liquor on October 25, 2010 the newspaper reported.

According to the lawsuit, Yi saw the theft and pursued Dewberry out of the store with a loaded .357 revolver. Dewberry was hit while in the backseat of a getaway car.

The bullet hit Dewberry in the chest and his jaw. Police said at the time another person, a 17-year-old, was hit by the bullet.

Dewberry and the 17-year-old showed up at a Colorado Springs hospital and told a story about getting shot while shoplifting, according to police.

The lawsuit claims Yi behaved “negligently and recklessly” when the shoplifter posed no physical threat.

Yi was initially charged in the case, but a grand jury declined to charge him.

Dewberry has several run-ins with police in the past. He wasn’t charged in the incident.

According to the lawsuit, Dewberry has been disfigured and suffered wounds that require ongoing speech therapy.