67-year-old Maine man sues deputy over Taser use

Posted Dec. 07, 2009, at 1:31 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A 67-year-old Casco man is suing in federal court a sheriff’s deputy who shocked him with a stun gun two years ago on his front port while he was holding a steak knife.

Adolph Kiper says he is partially deaf and didn’t hear the order from Deputy Andrew Hannna, who then shot him in the back with a stun gun.

The Portland Press Herald says Kiper claimed he was using the knife to eat in the early morning hours of Sept. 4, 2007.

Police reports say Kiper was intoxicated and yelling loudly, which prompted a neighbor to call the sheriff’s department.

The reports say Kiper ignored repeated orders to drop the knife and Hanna believed a domestic assault was in progress.

Hannah’s lawyer says the deputy acted properly.

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