According to the lawsuit, the officers forced their way into Carlos Sanders' home, tackled him and shocked him with a stun gun multiple times in front of his young son while serving a misdemeanor warrant for a minor traffic violation for a different Carlos Sanders.
A Burleson man who was immobilized with a stun gun by two police officers executing a warrant on the wrong man is suing the officers and the cities of Godley and Mansfield.
Carlos Sanders filed a civil-rights suit in federal court on Monday against the cities and Godley police officers Greg Sharp and Joseph Owens over the Jan. 31 incident.
According to the lawsuit, Sharp and Owens forced their way into Sanders' home, tackled him and shocked him with a stun gun multiple times in front of his young son while serving a misdemeanor warrant for a minor traffic violation for a different Carlos Sanders.
Sanders was not armed, according to the lawsuit.
The officers realized they had arrested the wrong Carlos Sanders after handcuffing Sanders and placing him in their patrol car, according to the court document. The lawsuit alleges that Sharp and Owens threatened Sanders with arrest and continued to detain him until a Burleson police officer arrived and ordered him released.
Godley Police Chief James Healey confirmed that the officers arrested the wrong man but said they were serving a warrant for another police agency and believed they had the right person. Sanders could have avoided the incident if he had shown the officers his ID when they arrived, Healey said.
The cities of Godley and Mansfield said they could not comment on the lawsuit because they have not yet been served with it.
Sanders is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.