Shoplifter sues shop owner for shooting him

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A liquor store owner is facing a lawsuit after he chased and shot a shoplifter.

KDVR reports Bryson Adrian Dewberry was shot in the chest and jaw after he reportedly stole a bottle of vodka from a liquor store in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Store owner Chang Ho Yi reportedly chased Dewberry out of the store and shot at him as Dewberry got into a getaway car. 

Dewberry and a 17-year-old who was also shot later showed up at a hospital and explained they had been shot while shoplifting.

Yi was initially charged but a grand jury reviewed the case and declined to indict him.  Dewberry also was not charged.

Dewberry filed a lawsuit against Yi, seeking at least $100,000 for pain and suffering.   Dewberry’s lawsuit claims Yi was negligent and reckless in shooting at a shoplifter that posed no physical threat.  He also claims he requires ongoing speech therapy as a result of the shooting.

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