Man shot by police files lawsuit

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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The man who led New Mexico State Police on a wild chase down I-40 in a stolen school bus is suing the cops who shot him. Nathanial Shipman stole the empty bus from an Albuquerque yard in 2012 then headed down the highway to Grants.

In a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, Shipman claims a Grants police officer shot him there even though he wasn’t a threat. Shipman took off and headed back to Albuquerque where officers eventually stopped him by ramming the bus and spiking his tires. A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy then shot him.

In the lawsuit, Shipman questions why the deputy fired because he claims he never had a weapon and the bus was disabled.

Neither the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department nor Grants Police wanted to comment. Last year Shipman took a plea deal on aggravated assault charges and is serving probation.

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