GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a bystander who was shot by a northern Indiana police officer says he was left paralyzed from the waist down and was the victim of excessive force.
The federal lawsuit from 68-year-old Fernando Cuevas against the city of Goshen claims he wasn’t near the man whom officers where pursuing when one officer shot at him in a parking lot on April 5.
Authorities say two other officers fatally shot 19-year-old Michael Alcaraz of Bristol when he brandished a shotgun after attempting multiple carjackings and leading officers on a chase.
The lawsuit claims the officer shot Cuevas without any justification and seeks punitive damages against the city. The Elkhart County prosecutor cleared the officers of any criminal wrongdoing.
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Goshen officials didn’t immediately comment on the lawsuit.