Man Who Caused Standoff Sues Police, Alleging Recklessness
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who caused a standoff that ended with him being shot three times and his home destroyed by a police explosive has sued law enforcement officials.
Dixmont resident Michael Grendell argued police didn't wait for a negotiator trained to handle mental health crises and failed to obtain a proper warrant to use a bomb.
The Bangor Daily News reports 62-year-old Grendell sued Wednesday in federal court in Bangor. Eighteen state police members and one member of the attorney general's office are defendants.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office declined to comment on the lawsuit.
Grendell filed a notice in December saying he would seek $120 million in damages.
Last year, he was sentenced to probation and a suspended jail term on charges, including criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.
(Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com)