Wisconsin man sues over armored vehicle response


October 29, 2014

WAUSAU A Marathon County man is suing the Town of Stettin for $4.5 million after two dozen deputies and an armored vehicle were sent to his home earlier this month.

Seventy-five-year-old Roger Hoeppner is seeking damages for pain, suffering, emotional distress, damage to reputation and economic loss.

Authorities were sent to Hoeppner's home on Oct. 2 because the family owed $86,000 in a civil judgment.

Marathon County sheriff's officials defended their response Monday. Deputies say officers knocked on Hoeppner's door and could hear people inside, but no one answered. Deputies then called in their crews and the armored vehicle.

WSAW-TV (http://bit.ly/ZXcHj1) reports deputies wanted to protect their officers and to get Hoeppner to cooperate. But Hoeppner's attorney calls the response excessive.

Hoeppner agreed to pay the debt. No property was seized.


Associated Press