Man robs a bank. Tries to flee. Points a gun at a police officer. Gets shot twice.
Then, he sues the county for $3.6 million?
Believe it or not, that’s exactly what happened.
Todd Kirkpatrick was interrupted by the police in the middle of a bank robbery and ran away from a Snohomish County, WA sheriff’s deputy.
While fleeing, he pointed his gun at the deputy, who summarily shot Kirkpatrick twice.
Now, Kirkpatrick, currently an inmate at Clallam Bay Corrections Center, has filed a legal claim against Snohomish County (a precursor to a lawsuit) seeking $6.3 million.
Apparently, he claims that the medical bills from the gunshot sounds equal more than $300,000 and that other police officers failed to stop the deputy from “trying to execute” him.
By the way, the deputy — Dan Scott — was named the 2012 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs. He also got a Distinguished Service Medal from the sheriff’s office that year.
What do you think: Is this lawsuit legitimate, or is this bank robber firing legal “blanks”?