A response has been filed on behalf of Savannah Simmons, one of two Lynchburg Police Department officers named in a suit brought by Walker Sigler, an unarmed man who was shot in his own home in February 2018.
In the response, Simmons admits that Sigler was shot on the morning in question. However, she denies the claim that “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.”
The answer to the suit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, also says that Simmons cannot be held liable “by virtue of the doctrines of sovereign, governmental, and/or qualified immunity.”
Sigler’s attorneys issued the following statement in response to the filing.
“Mr. Sigler was shot through the closed front door of his own home while his wife, eight months pregnant, and their two young sons, ages, 6 and 3, slept upstairs.
Mr. Sigler’s leg was shattered by the bullet fired through his closed front door; he has permanent vision loss which resulted from severe blood loss. There was no danger, there was no threat, and there was no reasonable basis for the actions taken by the defendants that night, which violated Mr. Sigler’s constitutional rights. “
Simmons’ attorney could not be immediately reached for comment.
Edward Ferron, the other police officer named in the suit, has not yet filed an answer. He has until July 19th to do so.
According to the Lynchburg Police Department, Simmons remains on unpaid administrative leave pending the completion of an internal investigation.
For more information on the case, look here.