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POLL: Hostage Saved by Woodbridge Police Officer To Sue Town for $5M

Ellen Shane, who was rescued by Sgt. Edward J. Barrett in March, wants the township to pay for the pain and suffering she says she endured


The hostage whose life was saved by a r during a standoff with a knife-wielding man in March, plans to file a $5 million lawsuit against the town, citing the stress she said she suffered from the experience.

According to a report on nj.com, Ellen Shane, 62, of Carteret claims in court papers that she and her husband, Ronald Shane, were traumatized by the in .

The legal notice of claim, filed by lawyer David Corrigan of Eatontown, states that  failed to take appropriate action with the .

Garcia had grabbed Ellen Shane by the hair and was holding a knife to her throat when Barrett fired a single gunshot to the head of the hostage-taker, who died at the scene. The court papers filed on Shane's behalf suggest that the police officer should instead have attempted to calm Garcia and persuade him to release her.

Barrett was honored by the township for his actions and .

Harley June 24, 2012 at 07:58 PM
You all wool be paying more now anyway even if she loses cause the town will have to rate time in court what a p.o.s. Protocol huh don't think protocol was really broken isn't an officers job to protect and serve... Protect isn't that what he did she is still alive job well done and one less low life in the streets
NJCAT June 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
She has some nerve suing Woodbridge Township PD...he is a hero and he saved her life...he was a convicted fellon...he could have easily slit her throat...as a resident of Woodbridge, i stand behind the police department and hopefully her frivilous law suit is thrown out...and shame on Hobbie, Corrigan's office for taking the case...i would have thought better of them...they were a decent law firm.
Kevin June 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM
John is right about Wayne's out of bounds comment. Not only is it poor form on Wayne's part, he shows a callous disregard for human life. This is not a video game we're discussing. As for John siding with Ellen Shane, unfortunately, some judge might let this go to trial and Woodbridge probably has twelve other people like John who lack sound judgment and who would not let the officer's good deed go unpunished. It would be good if it went to trial and the jury found Ellen Shane guilty of greed and ungratefulness - sentenced her to 100 hours of community service cleaning the toilets at the jail. Then they should fine her lawyers for all costs associated with defending the case. Woodbridge folks might want to think twice about using that law firm for anything in the future.
LarDog6 June 26, 2012 at 03:39 PM
John, If you're ever in that situation, I hope the cop decides to call a lawyer to see how he should proceed, all while you have a knife to your throat.
Mark June 26, 2012 at 04:41 PM
This makes me think. Maybe I should sue the maker of the alcohol I drank for making traumatized by waking up next to a ugly woman. Also the people who built my car because I got a speeding ticket. They should not have allowed my car to go up to 100 mph.

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