A state prison inmate who was shot by a Niagara Falls police officer in a drug raid is suing the city over his injuries.
Niagara Falls attorney Robert Viola filed the suit Dec. 21 in State Supreme Court on behalf of Stacey M. Lewis, who is serving a six-year prison sentence for cocaine and gun possession. Lewis is seeking unspecified damages.
Lewis, 34, was shot once in the abdomen after officers executing a search warrant forced their way into a house on 20th Street Sept. 28, 2016. After an internal investigation, Officer Thomas Rodgers was cleared of any wrongdoing, and a grand jury refused to indict Rodgers.
"Our officer acted appropriately and within the law," said Police Superintendent E. Bryan DalPorto, noting that Lewis was "known to deal drugs and carry firearms."
Lewis pleaded guilty to having an illegal semiautomatic rifle and 4.67 ounces of cocaine, and also admitted to possession of a half-ounce of cocaine in another arrest almost six months later.