KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CN) – A drunk, off-duty Topeka police officer shot two of his co-worker’s neighbors during a late-night St. Patrick’s Day party, the neighbors say in Federal Court. The wounded men say Jason Judd shot them after a night of drinking shots and green beer.
Daniel and Devin Llamas say Topeka police Officers Jason Judd, Laura Bonebrake, Chris Bowers and Travis Jepperson were drunk when they approached the Llamas at 2:45 a.m. on March 18, 2008.
Jepperson, the Llamas’ neighbor, was upset about the noise, according to the complaint.
When the cops refused to leave, a shoving match ensued, and Judd pulled out his police-issued gun, the complaint states.
Daniel Llamas says he went into his house and got his unloaded gun. He says that when he emerged from his house and ordered the drunk cops to leave, Judd shot him four times: in the groin, stomach, hand and chest. Judd then shot Devin Llamas in the torso, the complaint states.
The plaintiffs say the cops had been drinking green beer and apple pie shots all night at bars before going home. (Apple pie shots are spiced rum, apple juice, whipped cream and cinnamon, according to drinkoftheweek.com.)
The Llamases say the defendants were negligent by failing to leave their weapons at Judd’s home before going to the plaintiffs’ home; failing to leave the plaintiffs’ property after being requested to do so; refraining from entering the plaintiffs’ property without probable cause or a warrant; failing to retreat from the property after the fight started; failing to not shoot the plaintiffs; and refraining from conducting police work while drunk.
The Llamases seek damages for constitutional violations, conspiracy, trespass, outrage, negligence, excessive force and other charges. They are represented by Luis Mata with Randles, Mata & Brown in Kansas City, Mo.
The City of Topeka and 19 people are named as defendants.