Demetrious Martin was prevented from legally purchasing or possessing a firearm because he was a convicted felon.
Now, Runnels is suing the Indianapolis store that sold the gun Martin used to shoot him in December 2011.
The lawsuit — filed by Seymour attorney Roger Pardieck and the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Legal Action Project — alleges the Northeastside firearms dealer “knowingly or negligently” transferred a handgun to the convicted felon who later shot and injured Runnels during a traffic stop.
Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are store owner Edward J. Ellis and Tarus Blackburn Jr., an Indianapolis man who bought the gun from KS&E Sports and resold it to Martin in the gun store parking lot.
A man who answered the telephone today at KS&E Sports and identified himself as the owner, but did not provided his name, said he had no comment on the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, however, Runnels says staff at KS&E Sports should have known that Blackburn was making a “straw purchase” for Martin. It says Martin accompanied Blackburn to the store at 8756 Pendleton Pike and picked out the Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun for Blackburn to buy.
Runnels — who fired back and killed Martin in the December 2011 incident — is seeking unspecified monetary damages. He also is asking for a court order “enjoining or abating the public nuisance created by KS&E Sports until it modified its deficient sales, training, and marketing policies governing the sale of firearms.”
Source: Indy Star
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