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Man shot by ex-cop files federal lawsuit

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SPOKANE, Wash.-The man shot in the head by former Spokane Police Officer Jay Olsen has filed a civil lawsuit in federal court. The lawsuit alleges that on February 26, 2007, Olsen used excessive force when he fired five shots at Pete, striking him in the head. Emergency room records indicate that the bullet entered the back of Pete's head and became lodged between his skull and his scalp. In the lawsuit Pete also alleges that he was falsely arrested and that his constitutional rights to equal protection were violated.

Toxicology reports show that Officer Olson was legally drunk when he fired the shots at Mr. Pete. Olson says Pete was attempting to steal his truck when he began to chase Pete.

Pete says he was never entered the vehicle, but was asking Olson for a ride. No DNA or fingerprints belonging to Pete were ever found inside Olson's vehicle.

Spokane County Prosecutor's have charged Olson with first degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment.
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