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Sheriff sergeant, family sued by victim of alleged assault


ELYRIA — Lorain County sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry and his daughter were sued Wednesday by the Elyria man whom the veteran deputy is accused of hitting in the head with a flashlight while on duty last year.

McCurry, 48, took indefinite medical leave after he was indicted on a felonious charge in June for the Aug. 12, 2013, incident at his Island Road property in Eaton Township. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and is free on bond.

According to the lawsuit, which was filed in county Common Pleas Court, Joe Reiger was visiting McCurry’s adult daughter, Ashley McCurry, about 2:30 a.m. when she offered to introduce him to her father.

Reiger previously has said that Ashley McCurry had asked him to park at a nearby store and walk to the rental property that her family owned next to their house. Reiger said when Ashley McCurry took him into a room to meet her father, the elder McCurry immediately became hostile and drew his pistol.

As Reiger was leaving, the lawsuit said, Donald McCurry yelled, “I want you to stay away from my daughter, or I’ll kill you!”

When Reiger said he didn’t mean any harm to anyone, McCurry allegedly told him he wasn’t moving fast enough and then hit him in the head with his flashlight, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit accuses the McCurrys of conspiring to explain Reiger’s injury by saying that he fell and hit his head on a rock.

The lawsuit asks for more than $25,000 in damages.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.

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