Student Sues Michigan Sheriff Over Shooting

March 10, 2011

A former Grand Valley State University student who was shot by an Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy during a drug raid two years ago is suing the deputy, the county and the sheriff’s department.

Derek Copp’s complaint was filed in U.S. District Court and alleges the shooting was “not an accident.”

The suit claims Deputy Ryan Huizenga was guilty of gross negligence and assault when he shot the then-20-year-old in the chest during a 2009 drug raid.

Ottawa County Undersheriff Greg Steigenga declined comment on the case, but county attorney Doug Van Essen tells The Grand Rapids Press the shooting was nothing more than an accident.

The Holland Sentinel said the lawsuit doesn’t specify an amount sought in damages.

Copp recovered and graduated with a degree in film and video.

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