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Associated Press, Published September 19 2012

Man shot by Jamestown police files civil lawsuit

FARGO — A man shot by Jamestown police officers after he came out of his apartment building carrying a shotgun says in a civil lawsuit he never aimed the gun at anyone and police used excessive force.

Michael Partlow survived the September 2010 shooting. A jury later convicted him of terrorizing, but found he did not attempt to inflict bodily injury.

Partlow's attorneys say their client made suicidal threats after a night of drinking, and his sister called police. The lawsuit says Partlow was bending down to place the gun on the ground when police opened fire.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, names officers Joseph Stadler, Michael Craig and Sidney Mann, was well as the city of Jamestown.

Ken Dalsted, Jamestown city attorney, did not respond to requests for an interview.

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