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Wrongful Detainment Lawsuit Could Cost Spokane County $100K

A man wrongfully detained by a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies filed a $65,000 lawsuit against Spokane County. He claims the incident caused him unnecessary stress.

Back in December Conner Guerrero said that all he wanted was an apology. Leaders at the Sheriff’s Office claim that the department attempted to apologize and was surprised to learn about the lawsuit.

In December, Guerrero thought he was being burglarized when he saw flashlights shining into his house.  He said that he opened his door to find deputies from Spokane County Sheriff’s Office pointing a pistol at him.

Fighting the lawsuit could take between $50,000 and $100,000 out of the department’s risk management budget according to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

Guerrero said he complied with deputies’ orders after they identified themselves.

The Sheriff’s Office said deputies realized they were at the wrong house after Guerrero showed them his ID.

“He was given many apologies,” said Knezovich. “I called him and said, ‘I have our entire command structure, the deputies all the way to me, and we’d like to issue you that formal apology.’”


Knezovich said the Guerrero never responded to his attempts to rectify the situation. Instead, Guerrero filed a lawsuit against the department.

“According to the filing papers for the claim, it’s $65,000 for mental distress,” Guerrero said.

The Sheriff admitted his deputies made a mistake, but said they handled themselves appropriately in December.

 

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