Lehigh County man sues police who zapped him

Robert Gross of Schnecksville seeks more than $50,000 in damages

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An elderly Lehigh County man is suing police who allegedlythrew him to the ground and shot him six times with a Taser.

The incident occurred in August 2012, according to the lawuit filed by Robert Gross of Schnecksville.  Gross was 76 years old at the time.

Gross drove his brother, Carl Gross, Sr., to a Walmart shopping center so Carl Gross could visit his granddaughter, who works in the shopping center.

The suit claims police approached Robert Gross, screamed at him and threw him to the ground on his chest, causing him  "pain, extreme shock, and alarm."

The suit claims Robert Gross asked police what was going on, to which police replied: "You know."

Police then shot Robert Gross six times with a Taser while he was on the ground, according to the suit.

He then was placed in a police cruiser and realized his brother Carl was being arrested.

According to the suit, Robert Gross's nephew, identified as Carl Gross, Jr., had told police that his father, Carl Gross, Sr., was dangerous.

The suit states Robert Gross suffered extreme chest pain following the incident, and was afraid he was going to die from the pain. 

Robert Gross is looking for more than $50,000 in damages, plus interest and other costs.

Named as defendants were the defunct Berks Lehigh Regional Police, Officer Dathan Schlegel, Officer Michael Sinko,  Officer Nicolas Morris, Pennsylvania State Police (Fogelsville barracks) and Officer Peter E. Adam.

State police at Fogelsville had no comment on the suit. Upper Macungie Township police, who now serve part of the area that was covered by Berks Lehigh Regional Police, said they would not be involved in the suit.

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Allentown, PA 18102




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