Lawsuit: Eddy County detective used excessive force

December 31, 2019 GMT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A southeastern New Mexico man says Eddy County Sheriff’s detectives illegally searched his home and deployed a stun gun on him seconds after making contact.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports a lawsuit filed by Brandon Chandler in state district court says the detectives used excessive force during an investigation into a report of a woman being held captive that proved to be false.

According to court records, detectives came to Chandler’s home after a woman called authorities to report she was being held captive. The woman later told authorities she had taken drugs and wasn’t being held.

But the lawsuit says authorities obtained the warrant just to search Chandler’s home and used a stun gun on him. The lawsuit accuses agencies of improperly training deputies and violating his constitutional rights.

Chandler is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the pending litigation.