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Sebago man sues police over loss of arm

February 14, 2012
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PORTLAND, Maine—A Sebago man whose right arm was amputated after he was shot by sheriff's deputies has filed a federal lawsuit alleging police used excessive force.

Douglas Tenczar (TEN'-zar) says in his suit filed in U.S. District Court that he grabbed an unloaded shotgun to frighten away what he thought were intruders at his home in October 2008.

Deputies had gone to his home to investigate reports of a man showing a handgun during a road rage incident.

The 44-year-old Tenczar says deputies pounded on his door and failed to identify themselves as police. He was shot multiple times.

The suit seeks unspecified compensation for his injuries, punitive damages, attorney's fees and other relief.

A lawyer for the county tells The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/zoSt8c) that officers acted appropriately and properly identified themselves.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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