Family of Goodyear Man Who Died Filed Suit

By: 13 News Email
By: 13 News Email
Family members of the man who died after being tasered in the parking lot of the Goodyear plant in March 2008 have filed a lawsuit against several parties, including Shawnee County, Sheriff Richard Barta and two deputies.

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The family of the man who died after being tasered at the Topeka Goodyear Plant last year has filed a $100 million wrongful death civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

For the first time, the two Shawnee County Deputies involved in the incident have been identified.

Sheriff’s officers were called to the plant on March 29 of last year after co-workers said he appeared ill and disoriented. The Sheriff’s report indicated deputies took his car keys and when Haake refused to leave the vehicle, they tased him three times….then handcuffed him, face down on the ground.

Haake became unresponsive and later died. The coroner’s report indicated the combination of prescription drugs, heart problems and Haake being held face down combined to cause his death, which the coroner ruled accidental.

13 News reviewed documents filed in U.S. District Court. In the wrongful death lawsuit, Sheriff Richard Barta, Shawnee County, Taser International and deputies Shawna Johnson and Jason Mills are named as defendants.

The suit is filed on behalf of Haake’s wife, Patricia Haake and Michelle, Matthew and Marshall Haake.

The Sheriff’s office had refused to name the deputies involved and they hadn’t been identified before being named as defendants in the suit. Shawna Johnson and Jason Mills Are represented by Topeka Attorney Ron Martinek.

Federal Magistrate Judge David Waxse is giving both sides time to reach a mediation agreement. He set August 2, 2010 as a Kansas City, Kansas Trial date if an agreement is not reached.


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