Houston deputy sues 9-1-1 caller for $200,000
August 16, 2013
According to a report by KTRK, Harris County Deputy Brady Pullen has filed a civil lawsuit against a woman who called 9-1-1 last December.
The defendant, Camina Figueroa, dialed 9-1-1 due to an emergency at her home in Katy, Texas. When Deputy Pullen responded to the call, he claims he was viciously attacked by a man who had been on “bath salts for days.”
“Pullen alleges Figueroa failed to “adequately warn others that her resident or guest Kemal Yazar posed a violent threat to others,” reported the Houston Chronicle.
When Yazar allegedly confronted police and EMS workers, deputies “fired shots at him, killing him.”
Deptuy Pullen said he suffered from a “broken nose, concussion, lacerations and bruises.” Pullen is seeking $200,000 in damages from Figeuroa.
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The Houston Chronicle reported that the lawsuit filed by Austin attorney Mark W. Long states, “Yazar had been either smoking or ingesting a drug commonly known as ‘bath salts’ or some other mind-altering substance for days.”
Pullen’s Austin attorney said, “If someone is injured due to a homeowner or renter’s failure to warn of dangerous circumstances, then you have a right to sue.”
KTRK’s legal analyst Joel Androphy argues the deputy should know the situation could potentially be dangerous when responding to a 9-1-1 call.
Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia calls his deputy’s lawsuit “unprecedented.”
“We’re allowing our legal staff to manage this case and we’ll see where it takes us,” said Garcia.
KTRK’s legal analyst said, “It sends a bad message out there. And if this lawsuit succeeds, it basically shuts down 9-1-1 calls to some degree, because people will be afraid if they make the call they are going to get sued. And the sheriff should not condone this type of action.”