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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 48-year-old Utah man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against West Valley police, alleging that he was left profoundly disabled by officers who used a stun gun that caused him to fall and hit his head on a cement landing.

Fernando Coronado told the Deseret News he suffered a fractured skull and broken neck, and has memory and walking trouble following his August 2016 arrest.

West Valley police said Thursday the department will vigorously defend allegations in Coronado’s complaint.

Police reports say Coronado refused to leave an apartment after a woman reported he displayed a knife and threatened to kill her and himself.

After several hours of negotiations, police said Coronado exited the apartment and was zapped twice with a stun gun when he failed to follow officers’ commands.


Information from: Deseret News,