Peoria Man Files Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office

A man who was reportedly injured by sheriff's deputies at a NASCAR event filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa County's Sheriff's Office.A Peoria man has contacted a personal injury attorney and filed a lawsuit against a local police department, following an alleged incident that took place in November of 2010.

Michael T. Wyman filed charges against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office last week, according to a report from The Arizona Republic. The lawsuit claims that deputies from the county sheriff’s office beat and shot the 50-year-old Wyman with a stun gun for no reason.

The incident reportedly occurred at the Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2010.

Wyman was reportedly attending a NASCAR event at the speedway when he greeted an old friend with a hug. According to his account of the alleged confrontation, Wyman saw his friend by the track’s Speed Cantina and approached him.

After embracing his friend, however, Wyman contends a deputy placed him in a chokehold and threw him to the ground. Wyman’s lawsuit further alleges that as he lay on the ground, another deputy began shooting him in the leg with a stun gun.

After the two deputies reportedly accosted him, Wyman was then charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct for the role he allegedly played during the altercation. A judge, though, dismissed those charges in March of this year at the behest of prosecutors, according to The Republic.

In May, Wyman filed a notice of claim against Maricopa County. He reportedly offered to settle the issue for $2 million. Wyman’s injury attorney said the county never responded to the claim, leading Wyman to file a civil suit against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the other deputies involved in the alleged incident.

Arpaio did not delve into specifics when asked to comment on the matter, but acknowledged his office was handling the matter accordingly.

“My deputies have a tough job,” he said. “At this point, these are just allegations. I will await the true outcome of this lawsuit before I make any judgments.”

A report from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department paints a different picture of the alleged incident. A police report states a deputy from the department was “alerted to a group of white males that appeared to be intoxicated and were grabbing and pushing one another.” Moreover, the report asserts the “subjects were pushing each other into people that were not part of their group.”

A deputy account of the alleged incident also contends the police officers were endeavoring to ask the group of men, which reportedly included Wyman, to move. The report also states that Wyman turned to face Deputy Preston Boyer, who was reported to have been at the event, and “swung his arms . . . striking him on the right side of the face.”

Boyer then reportedly struck back at Wyman, at which point another deputy present allegedly shot Wyman in the back with a stun gun.

Wyman’s injury lawyer said the sheriff’s department failed to produce witnesses to corroborate its report. Wyman, on the other hand, claims to know a firefighter and a 911 operator who verified his story.

Both Wyman’s lawsuit and the report from the sheriff’s office indicate Wyman was shot twice with the stun gun. Still, The Republic reports Wyman’s lawsuit alleges the deputies who were reportedly involved stomped on his arms and kicked him before handcuffing him.

Wyman’s lawsuit was filed earlier this month, according to The Associated Press. Wyman affirmed he decided to work with a personal injury lawyer following the alleged incident because he reportedly sustained injuries that prevented him from performing duties at his business.