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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 .

So Much to Say June 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM
This foul mouth punk must be related to the blood-sucker.
Jessie Ponce June 23, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I wonder if she was thinking about 5 million dollars when that cold blade was pressed against her throat and she was being held hostage by a madman. This police officer had to make a split second decision to save her life, which he did. He didn't need to be a swat team member as all officers are properly trained in the use of a firearm and how to assess a perpetrator's state of mind. He took the best course of action available at that particular instant in which seconds count. This officer is a hero and should be respected as such. To be so ungrateful in the interest of money just shows how the system corrupts people and only serves to complicate a police officers job. Wonder if she would still be alive today if the officer had to stop and consider the possible legal liabilities before he shot the perp. Lady, you should thank your lucky stars that this officer was there on time, well trained, well prepared and willing to protect you at all cost. How you can sleep at night knowing that the only reason you still wake up in the morning is because of him. Now your only agenda in your new given life is to sue a township and take away money from social programs and the kid's schools so you can try and live a rich life at their expense? You only have a life because of this officer's actions, that is priceless in it self. Think long and hard, karma is nothing to play with.
Jessie Ponce June 23, 2012 at 02:32 AM
You really should reconsider your actions and show appreciation for being able to still hold your family in your arms, smell your coffee in the morning and feel the comfort of going to sleep at night in your bed and not being in a coffin 6 feet under thanks to this brave man.
Jessie Ponce June 23, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Who knows, maybe the perp's family will sue her for 10 million dollars for causing him mental anguish and escalating his state of mind to the point of desperation and thereby forcing the officer to react instantly. Makes as much sense as her lawsuit. How much does she have left now?
Patrick Donnelly June 23, 2012 at 03:02 AM
SEE jOHN IT'S PUKE'S LIKE YOU AND THIS CLOWN AND HER HUSBAND THAT ARE SUING THE TOWNSHIP THAT MAKE THIS WORLD SUCH A TOUGH PLACE TO LIVE. PROTOCOL YOU SAY, WHAT MAKES U AN EXPERT IN POLICE PROTOCOL OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER, U AND THESE PUKES ATTEMPTING TO SUE THE TOWN, SHOULD HAVE BEEN GOING TO THIS LADY'S FUNERAL WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN BETTER, U MAKE ME SICK
Disgusted with free loaders June 23, 2012 at 06:01 AM
What an idiot this lady is. Stop being a lazy useless piece of trash that wants a free meal ticket! You should be down at the Police Station everyday saying thankyou!!
Debbie B June 23, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Hope it gets thrown out of court...this lady makes me sick, i think she is causing me mental anguish in fear that as a taxpayer my taxes will go up, i wont be able o afford the increase, causing my house to go into foreclosure, leaving my family homeless on the street...should i try to sue her?
John June 23, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Patrick Donnelly- you can't discuss this and disagree with me without getting personal and childish? Nice...
michael sirc June 23, 2012 at 01:28 PM
John , well I guess you live in a plastic box where everything is safe,nice, but in real life is is not. Because of the liberal laws this scumbag would have been given the oppertunity to do this again. The police officer is a hero. Did exactly what should have been done! John stay in your box, you are safe there.....
Jean D June 23, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Debbie B, I think we need a class action suit against this woman, her husband and their lawyer for the reasons you state.
sheila June 23, 2012 at 02:26 PM
If the scenario worked out differently, the police, tried to "talk" to the suspect and God forbid the suspect slit her throat, because he was tired of talking, then the same family would have sued the police department for not doing anything. I am in total shock about this lawsuit. Ellen, drop the lawsuit, Thank God you're alive and Thank Officer Barrett for being so thoroughly trained that you are with your family today.
sheila June 23, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Ellen, write a book, go on talk shows about the experience, if you need to make money off this situation. It says you are suing the department, actually you are suing every tax payer in Woodbridge, because our police department saved your life.
Dawn White June 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
When I read the headline I was shocked! This women should be grateful that cop was there and she should be happy to be alive. It was a matter of life and death all around and required making a decision that would save the victim. What a friggin ungrateful idiot...and you know her idiot lawyer is the driving force. Then you wonder why people do not want to get involved.
Debbie B June 23, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I agree classaction lawsuit against Ellen and then give the money back to the Woodbridge township...Ellen should listen to Sheila to make her quick buck..
Debbie B June 23, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Thumbs up to all comments on this blog...only John gets a thumbs down, he must be a family member to Ellen or the scumbag lawyer
Gary June 23, 2012 at 05:19 PM
There should be a class action suit against her and her shark bottom feeding lawyer and maybe this will stop this kind of crap.
Birdie9909 June 23, 2012 at 05:51 PM
What a B!! My taxes are gonna go up because someone saved her life? Get a life!!!!! Wonder what slImball lawyer she got to go ahead with a moronic suit like this. Money hungry people.
Carole June 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM
My first reaction when reading about this was "Are they nuts?" They should get down on their knees every day and thank the Lord above and Officer Barrett for his heroic action in saving her life! Carole O
Common Sence June 24, 2012 at 05:31 AM
This is a no win situation because She is suing the Town that hire the police officer that SAVED her life, but if she got killed by the criminal, her husband will be suing because the same police officer did not acted properly to SAVE HER. THE LAWYER THAT TOOK THIS CASE MUST BE REMOVE FROM THE BAR.
STUART WALSH June 24, 2012 at 01:23 PM
THIS WOMEN SHOULD THANK G-D AND THE POLICE OFFICER THAT SAVED HER, NOT LOOK TO MAKE DOLLARS OVER THIS. SHE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HERSELF.......WHAT A DIP...SHE NOW GETS THE DUMB ASS AWARD.
Shawn Willden June 24, 2012 at 02:53 PM
John, he isn't a SWAT member, but hostage drills are a common staple of handgun training for police officers and even civilians taking defensive pistol courses. It's very likely that this officer had made that exact shot hundreds of times in practice, with the same gun and the same ammunition, and knew perfectly well that he could make it.
Wayne June 24, 2012 at 05:50 PM
She should be ashamed of herself. And kiss the ground that that cop walks on!
Wayne June 24, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Makes you wish the cop tried to talk him down and he used the knife.
Debbie Rivers-Hacker June 24, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Some people know no shame! Ms. Shane should get on her knees and Thank God Officer Barrett was such a great shot. His quick response to a horrible situation could very well have saved her life. As the mother of a Police Officer and a taxpayer in Woodbridge who will have to foot the bill for her " pain and suffering " Ms. Shane can kiss my rump. She is lower than slug slime, as is the Attorney who took her case! What a parasite!
John June 24, 2012 at 07:41 PM
People are upset with my comment, but Wayne says "She should be ashamed of herself. And kiss the ground that that cop walks on!" , then "Makes you wish the cop tried to talk him down and he used the knife"- where's the outrage for that? Everybody realizes what Wayne is implying, right??? C'mon people, wake up...
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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