St. Louis couple seeks damages from city, officer after wife was allegedly shot in leg

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 8, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis couple is seeking more than $25,000 from the city and a police officer after the wife was allegedly shot in the leg at her home by the officer.

Peggy Cobb and James Cobb filed a complaint on Oct. 29 in the St. Louis Circuit Court against the city of St. Louis and police officer Lavell Bell alleging negligence.

According to the complaint, Bell and other agents of St. Louis were at the Cobb home Oct. 29, 2015. The suit states the plaintiff's dog entered the living room with Bell and the plaintiffs and that Bell fired one round in the vicinity of Peggy Cobb, striking Peggy Cobb in the leg.

She alleges she has suffered referred pain, numbness and paresthesia into her extremities, shock to the nervous system, permanent limp, anxiety and loss of sleep. 

The plaintiffs hold the city of St. Louis and Bell responsible because defendant Bell allegedly removed his firearm from its holster when it was not necessary and fired it despite the risk to bystanders.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek compensatory damages of more than $25,000, costs and any further relief that the court may deem just and proper. They are represented by R. Tyson Mutrux of Mutrux Finney PC in St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Court case number 1822-CC11514

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