Left a quadriplegic in cop shooting, teen sues for $10.5M

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Tony Blais, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

EDMONTON -- A Fort McMurray, Alta., teen has launched a $10.5-million lawsuit against the RCMP, alleging he was left a quadriplegic after being shot following a police chase.

According to a statement of claim filed in Edmonton's Court of Queen's Bench on Jan. 23, the teen -- who cannot be named because he was 16 at the time of the Feb. 11, 2012, chase -- alleges he was dragged out of the car by police after the shooting despite being seriously injured.

He also claims the officers involved were "high fiving" each other at the time and taunting him that he "got what he deserved" for trying to run from the RCMP.

"As a result of the shooting and subsequent pulling of the plaintiff out of the vehicle, which aggravated the initial injuries from the shooting, (he) suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury and other injuries and was rendered a complete quadriplegic," reads the statement of claim.

The lawsuit alleges the Mounties had been looking to arrest the teen for allegedly breaching his probation and driving a stolen vehicle. After he was spotted operating an allegedly stolen Toyota Corolla, it was decided that they would box him in using three RCMP vehicles.

After doing so, the undercover officers allegedly tried to smash the Corolla's windows and, after the teen drove back and forth into the cop cars in front and behind him and then tried to drive towards the median, two shots were fired at him with one bullet hitting the target.

According to the statement of claim, the "acts and omissions" of the RCMP "created a situation of unnecessary tension, antagonism, conflict and violence which resulted in the creation and escalation of a violent confrontation and the shooting of (the teen)."


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