NORWALK — A former city cop who has had a 9 mm bullet lodged in his chest for nearly two years is suing the manufacturer of the handgun involved in the incident when a fellow officer accidentally shot him. Mag lawyer jobs.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday at Stamford Superior Court against Glock Inc. on behalf of the former police officer, Phillip Roselle, and his wife Debbie.
It alleges the design of the Glock 17 handgun is defective because it requires users to depress the trigger in order to disassemble and clean it and may fail to eject chambered rounds when its slide is pulled back.
A message left Tuesday at Glock’s corporate headquarters in Smyrna, Ga., was not immediately returned.
Roselle was shot Sept. 5, 2017 after a training exercise at the Norwalk Police Department’s firing range.
The lawsuit says another officer, Sgt. Jason Scanlon, was taking apart his department-issued Glock 17 near Roselle in the range’s gun-cleaning area.
The gun “had its slide locked back following the firing of the final round of a magazine, indicating to him and consistent with Glock’s representations in the gun’s ‘Instructions for Use,’ that the chamber was empty.”
The lawsuit says Scanlon depressed the trigger, “as is required by virtue of the gun’s defective design, and in doing so, discharged a chambered round.”
The bullet ricocheted off a bench, went through Roselle’s arm, and ultimately became lodged in his chest.
According to the lawsuit, Roselle now has wounds in his arm and chest, where the bullet remains lodged, in addition to post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, end-stage renal disease for which he needs a kidney transplant, as well as “significant pain, suffering, and mental anguish.”
Roselle’s lawyer, Matthew Paradisi, said Tuesday he has not yet calculated a specific amount of damages to seek, but that Roselle has lost millions of dollars in pay as a result of his injuries, to say nothing of his pain and suffering.
“These are catastrophic injuries for him and his family and it’s our contention this is the result of the defective design that has been widely reported and Glock knew about,” he said.
Paradisi said he anticipates “stiff resistance” from Glock and its lawyers.
“I would venture a guess that they’re going to levy all sorts of attacks on our complaint and our case,” he said. “We’re prepared to meet those when they happen.”
The lawsuit says Glock, despite lauding the safety of its products, designed a defective handgun and has since been negligent in failing to warn its customers of the gun’s issues.
The lawsuit also seeks to punish the company for breach of warranty and under the state’s product liability law.
It claims that Glock knew or should have known the Glock 17 was prone to unintentional discharge, but “altogether failed to correct such defects or otherwise adequately warn end users of the same, resulting in continued unintentional discharges such as that which resulted in Plaintiff’s severe injuries.”
A description of the Glock 17 on the company’s website says the gun is “trusted by law enforcement officers and military personnel around the globe because of its unsurpassed reliability, optimal magazine capacity of 17 rounds in the standard magazine and its low weight.
“With the signature ‘Safe Action’ trigger system, the GLOCK 17 9 mm Luger pistol is safe, easy, and quick — precisely what you need in critical situations,” the website says.
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“This is nothing but a forced retirement. I was shot by somebody who was irresponsible. I got a bullet in my chest that I can’t get rid of, and now I have kidneys that don’t work and a hand that doesn’t work — that’s what I got for 31 years of service,” Roselle said last April. “They don’t give a rat’s behind about me.”