$12M lawsuit filed against Lynchburg PD officers after shooting

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The man who was shot by two Lynchburg PD officers last Feburary has filed a $12 million lawsuit.

WFXR News has obtained a copy of a federal lawsuit that shows Walker Sigler is seeking $12 million in damages.

Investigators said officers stopped at the Sigler family home on February 17, 2018 after noticing that their front door was open around 1 a.m.

Prosecutors later indicted LPD Officers Edward Ferron and Savannah Simmons on charges of reckless handling of a firearm.

Both Ferron and Simmons plead no contest to lesser charges in March and were ordered to serve community service.

Statements in the lawsuit said Sigler is suing for gross negligence.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. on February 17, 2018, Walker Sigler was shot through the closed front door of his own home. This shooting occurred while Mr. Sigler’s wife, who was eight months pregnant, and their two young sons, six and three years old, slept just upstairs in their home at 2109 Link Road in Lynchburg. As further discussed below, Defendants Edward George Ferron Jr. (“Defendant Ferron”) and Savannah L.M. Simmons (“Defendant Simmons”), officers of the Lynchburg Police Department (“LPD”), shot into the Siglers’ home. Mr. Sigler was struck, and catastrophically and permanently injured, by a shot fired by Defendant Simmons through the closed front door of the Sigler home.
3. Just before those fateful shots were fired, Defendants Ferron and Simmons, and fellow LPD officers Brian Anderson (“Officer Anderson”) and Austin Rowland (“Officer Rowland”), were executing an unconstitutional warrantless entry and seizure of the Siglers’ home. No exigent circumstances existed to justify warrantless entry or seizure. Prior to Mr. Sigler being shot, Defendants Ferron and Simmons, and Officers Anderson and Rowland, had approached the Siglers’ home, with loaded guns drawn, and had deployed in a line at the front stoop of the Siglers’ home in firing stances, with their loaded guns pointed at the Siglers’ front door. There was no justification in law and no reason in fact for their decision to draw their loaded firearms and, without a warrant and without any threat to their safety, to enter the Siglers’ home.

Defendants deployed outside the Siglers’ home in this fashion solely because in riding past the Siglers’ home at approximately 1:00 a.m. on February 17, 2018, Defendant Ferron had observed that the front door was ajar. By their approach to the Siglers’ home as described in brief above and in more detail below, Defendants were acting in violation of Mr. Sigler’s Fourth Amendment rights and in violation of well-settled Virginia law interpreting such rights, which did not then permit, and still does not permit, police to make a warrantless entry into a residence simply because the front door of the residence is observed to be open

A statement from LPD released Tuesday evening said Edward Ferron voluntarily resigned on April 26.

Savannah Simmons remains on unpaid, administrative leave.

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