Harrison man sues over 2 Taser shots to the eye

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Harrison man has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against a sheriff's deputy and state trooper, accusing them of using excessive force after he was shot in the eye with a Taser stun gun.

Twenty-four-year-old Matthew David Kelly of Harrison filed the lawsuit April 2 against Fayette County Sheriff Vernon Standforth, the deputy that deployed the Taser and a state trooper.

Spokesmen for each agency involved in the lawsuit declined to comment.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1sxLahz ) that Kelly was asleep in the passenger seat when his friend was pulled over last May on Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Columbus.

The lawsuit , which seeks more than $20 million, says Kelly was shot twice in the eye with the Taser and now has near-total vision loss in that eye.

 

Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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