Richland man shot by Northern Regional Police files suit

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A Richland man who was shot and Tasered by Northern Regional Police filed a federal civil lawsuit Monday alleging that police unnecessarily entered his home after his mother called 911 to get him psychiatric help.

Nathan Beran, 33, along with his wife and sister, named as defendants in their U.S. District Court complaint the Northern Regional Police Department, Northern Regional Joint Police Board, Richland Township and four officers.

The complaint said that Mr. Beran's mother, Vivian Beran, called 911 in February 2009 and reported that her son had shot out a window, but later called back to say that he did not do that, and that his rifle was now broken. In her second call, according to the complaint, she asked that police not hurt him and requested a psychiatrist.

Instead, according to the complaint, police compelled Mr. Beran's sister, Jennifer Beran, to lead them on a search of the house. When they found Mr. Beran in a basement bathroom, they shot and Tasered him, necessitating a hospital trip and causing long-term injuries.

Northern Regional police officials could not be reached late Monday for comment.

Mr. Beran was found guilty of resisting arrest, recklessly endangering another person, and criminal mischief in relation to those events, but was found not guilty of aggravated assault.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542


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