Sebago man man sue over police shooting

Posted April 15, 2009, at 11:21 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine man shot by Cumberland County deputies in October contends they failed to identify themselves when they surrounded his house.

Douglas Tenczar (TEN’-zar) of Sebago filed a notice of claim, meaning a lawsuit may be forthcoming. His lawyer, Thomas Hallett, says the claim is based on a videotape.

The audio portion features deputies knocking on the door and ordering him to come out. They don’t identify themselves as police, and Hallett tells the Portland Press Herald that his client had no idea who was pounding on his door. Deputies say they fired when Tenczar pointed a shotgun at a door.

Deputies went to Tenczar’s home after he allegedly flashed a handgun in a road-rage incident. He lost an arm because of his injuries.

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