Man Who Shot Off-Duty Officer Must Pay $5.9M
The judge awarded the settlement after the gunman failed to respond to the suit.
Updated at 2:40 PM EST on Sunday, Feb 12, 2012
An off-duty Mercer County Sheriff's officer who was shot and seriously wounded when he tried to intervene in a domestic dispute has won a $5.9 million civil judgment against the gunman.
A judge recently awarded the money to Joshua Hahn and his wife after Billy Heisler -- who was convicted last month on attempted murder and weapons charges -- failed to respond to the suit.
The 34-year-old officer suffered two punctured lungs and a shattered vertebra when he tried to break up a fight between Heisler and his sister at a Hamilton Township pizzeria in July 2007. Hahn eventually had to retire on permanent disability.
Hahn was awarded $963,871 in lost wages; $1.5 million for pain and suffering and $2.5 million in punitive damages. Hahn's wife was awarded $1 million.
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