COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A bystander who became paralyzed from the chest down following a deadly shootout in Colorado Springs claims missteps by law enforcement officers led to his permanent injuries.
The Gazette reports 28-year-old Thomas Villanueva filed a lawsuit Friday against the city and the state and local officers on the police task force that was involved in the February 2018 operation to arrest a suspected car thief.
El Paso County sheriff’s deputy Micah Flick was killed, along with the suspect, Manuel Zetina. Another deputy was wounded and others were injured.
The lawsuit claims the plainclothes officers did not announce themselves to give Villanueva the chance to avoid the area when they tried to arrest Zetina.
Spokespersons for the respective agencies declined to comment on the pending litigation.