MONTARA (CBS / AP) — A San Mateo County man is suing the National Park Service and a park ranger who allegedly shot him with a stun gun for being uncooperative about his off-leash dog.
In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, 51-year-old Gary Hesterberg of Montara claims his constitutional rights were violated and seeks $500,000 in damages for the Jan. 29, 2012 incident.READ MORE: Oakland City Council Votes to Defund Police, Stripping More Than $17M from Department Budget
The complaint said Hesterberg was running on a trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area when the ranger warned him about having one of his dogs off-leash.READ MORE: 165 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized, Man Arrested In Oakland Crackdown
The suit says the woman hadn’t identified herself as a park ranger when she fired her Taser stun gun at his back as he tried to leave.
Park Service spokesman Howard Levitt said Friday the agency can’t comment the lawsuit. The ranger was cleared of wrongdoing.MORE NEWS: Menlo Park Fire Chief: Time Is Short in Search for Survivors of Florida Condo Collapse
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