Former Mass. officer shot by homeowner awarded $1.2M
A jury has ruled in favor of a former officer who sued after he was shot responding to a burglar alarm by a homeowner who thought he was an intruder
WORCESTER, Mass. — A jury has ruled in favor of a former Shrewsbury police officer who sued after he was shot responding to a burglar alarm by a homeowner who thought he was an intruder.
The jury Thursday awarded Stephen Rice more than $1.2 million after finding that Mark Ragsdale was negligent when he shot Rice in the abdomen during the early morning hours of July 14, 2006, and that negligence was a contributing cause of the officer's injuries.
Rice was unable to work for 14 months, and although he eventually returned to the force, he resigned in 2011 because of mental trauma caused by the shooting.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that Ragsdale, an area car dealer who was licensed to carry a gun at the time, refused comment on the verdict.