Man Accused Of Shooting At Cops Sues Them For $120M For Blowing Up His House

Michael Grendell filed a $120 million lawsuit following the 20-hour standoff with Maine State Police.

Bangor, ME – A suspect who allegedly shot at police after initiating a 20-hour standoff has filed a $120 million federal lawsuit against the state, alleging that Maine State Police (MSP) interfered with his rights and discriminated against him.

Michael Grendell, 62, claimed the MSP used excessive force by bombing his home and shooting him in the torso and face after authorities say he shot at officers and then refused to drop his firearm after he emerged from the residence, the Bangor Daily News reported.

“No reasonable officer or supervisor could have concluded that robot/bombing Michael Grendell’s home and person and then shooting him in his further disabled state, were in any way constitutionally or legally justified,” the lawsuit read.

The suit alleged that the MSP’s conduct “was so extreme and outrageous as to exceed all bounds of decency and it must be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society,” according to the Bangor Daily News.

The standoff began on June 29, 2018, after a neighbor called police to report that Grendell was suffering from a mental health issue and had fired a gun at him the previous day.

The neighbor said he wanted to notify police about what occurred because he didn’t want officers to shoot Grendell when they came into contact with him, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Officers responded to Grendell’s home and used an intercom system to request that he come outside, the lawsuit said.

He momentarily stepped out of the home, then said that the officers were not “the real police” and retreated back into his house, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Grendell later stepped outside holding a gun and a dog by its leash.

Later on, he shot towards officers, hitting a police vehicle and a police robot, according to WMTW.

MSP used the robot to detonate an explosive device with the intent of knocking down a wall, according to the Bangor Daily News.

Instead, the explosion caused the home to collapse.

The 20-hour standoff ended after Grendell emerged from the wreckage and continued advancing on police with a firearm, resulting in police opening fire.

He was shot in the torso and face, and was hospitalized for two months, according to the lawsuit.

In October of 2018, Grendell pleaded no contest to criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, the Bangor Daily News reported.

In exchange for his plea, an attempted murder charge was dismissed, according to the Associated Press.

Grendell was given credit for the time he spent in the hospital recovering from his gunshot wounds, and was also given credit for the 38 days he spent at a state psychiatric hospital.

The rest of his three-year prison sentence was suspended, followed by a four-year probation sentence, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The lawsuit alleged that police failed to obtain a warrant to detonate the device, and argued that they should have waited for a specialized team to arrive to handle the situation, WABI reported.

“This is probably one of the most complicated excessive force cases I’ve ever had,” one of Grendell’s attorneys, Laurence Willey, told the Bangor Daily News.

The lawsuit requested that the state be required to pay for Grendell’s medical expenses, attorney fees, and lost wages and earning capacity.

He has also claimed that police assaulted him, and demanded compensation for the alleged violation of his constitutional rights.

According to the lawsuit, police should have known that Grendell “was suffering from severe mental health issues,” the Bangor Daily News reported.

He has since been diagnosed with a depressive disorder with psychotic features, according to the Associated Press.

Officers also allegedly discriminated against him because his mental illness is a disability, the lawsuit alleged.

“He would really like to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again,” his attorney, David Bate, told the Maine Public.

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Justretired
Justretired

Sad thing is he'll probably win, this country has gone to hell in a hand basket. Burglar breaks into your house, dog bites him or you put lead in his ass, he'll sue and win while he's in jail. Dont make no sense to me.

flybynight
flybynight

And these people are out walking around? WOW!!!!

shooter
shooter

He won't win...but, he'll probably get a settlement.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

The problem... he lived.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Send those Troopers back to the range. This psycho piece of crap should have assumed room temperature.

RPG156
RPG156

Shouldn't all agencies have a robot capable of delivering a bomb?

Lochemet
Lochemet

The suit alleged that the MSP’s conduct “was so extreme and outrageous as to exceed all bounds of decency and it must be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized society,” according to the Bangor Daily News.

And this guy is considered the civilized one here?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF? Really? How about they should have put you 6 feet under instead!! Smdh

Biker187
Biker187

How many times do the State Police have to be told, turn him into a human sprinkler before they use a Robot that was programed properly to take out the sub human idiot.

Janken
Janken

I hope to god he doesnt win. This is blood sucking lawyers for you. To bad he didnt die. It pays to be bad, stupid or plain crazy

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Officers also allegedly discriminated against him because his mental illness is a disability, the lawsuit alleged.

That's not how it works. Being crazy is not a crime, but you get locked up if you act like a criminal, whether you are sane or not, and that is the opposite of discrimination, it's called equity.

Arguably, all criminals suffer from some sort of mental deficiency.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Now we have a white trash lottery. Sad!👎

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

"“He would really like to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again,” his attorney, David Bate, told the Maine Public."

Easily avoidable; just step out of your home and follow the clear and concise directions of the police. Problem Solved!

BrevardMarc27
BrevardMarc27

I don’t really care what his sickness, disability or problem is. When he threatens officers with the use of deadly force, he should be neutralized for the refrigeration unit at the ME’s office.

His legal representation are dripping with slime. Their cruise ship has come in and they’re looking at an early semi-retirement. Scum bags.

This would be happening either way you cut it. This one will be a substantial settlement for which the Court will impose a gag order on the bottom line. The settlement figure will remain undisclosed.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Have you ever heard of a $120M verdict? I haven't. The message is "we're gonna take all we can get up to that amount." Perhaps he should not have been living alone without a caretaker. This story reads ike a modern-day story of the "Keystone Cops." I am not saying that to malign the cops, it's just like everything that could go wrong did so.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I don't see how this wasn't excessive force and destruction of property. He was mentally ill and the cops knew that before they arrived. Why didn't they go with a mental health professional?

investigator
investigator

An Officer that worked in the adjoining city was called to a home where he had been before. The mans parents would call every the guy stopped taking his meds and he would go beserk. This time, as the father of four Officer...... went down the basement steps...the man jumped out at him, got his gun and killed the Officer. As he was shooting him ,backup arrived and when they saw this, they fired, killing the perp. Long story short....family of the perp sued and won a large lawsuit.......The wife of the Officer got to raise her four children, alone. Justice sucks.

T00R
T00R

Mental issues aside, The 2nd amendment is still in play, and he is on his own property. If you're going to shoot him, why not when he came outside with a gun? There's that pesky 2nd amendment again! And why did the neighbor wait a day to call the cops? Plenty of time to get a warrant before you knock the house down.

Ibcyn
Ibcyn

Apparently, this man’s attorney has mental issues also.

Ziggy89
Ziggy89

Countersue for the cost of the robot and the trauma suffered by the officer who pushed the "make toothpicks" button on the amount of his settlement plus 50%.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Absolutely Ridiculous that this POS would even be Allowed to file such a suit or that there are Attorney's to are that Desperate to take it --

Stu Redman
Stu Redman

Knocking down one wall took down the whole house? That had to be one really crappy house. Obviously I didn't build it. He should be thankful they knocked that pile of crap down. It probably would have eventually killed him in his sleep.

qazwiz
qazwiz

i don't see how they can justify accelerating when he was in his own home.

frankly, him shooting after they demolished his house sounds like self defense to me.