April 15, 2006 - Posted at 12:18 p.m. CST
STE. GENEVIEVE (AP) _ A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by
relatives of a mentally ill man who was shot and killed during a
struggle with Ste. Genevieve police.
The lawsuit was filed yesterday against Michael Coon, the rookie
police officer involved in the November third shooting, and Scott
Lahay, the sheriff's deputy who accompanied him.
It alleges the men violated the constitutional rights of Dennis
Heberlie the Third. The 47-year-old man, who had schizophrenia, was
unarmed when he was shot during the struggle in his home. Police
had gone there after a report that Heberlie was bothering a gas
Coon told investigators he shot Heberlie after the man beat him
to the floor and was hovering over him. The lawsuit contends
officers had no right to be in Heberlie's home.