Widow sues Neenah police over motorcycle shop shooting

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Michael Funk

Michael Funk

NEENAH  — The widow of a man killed by police during a standoff at a Neenah motorcycle shop is suing the officers for wrongful death.

In a lawsuit filed Monday, July 25th, Theresa Mason-Funk says the officers used unnecessary and excessive force when they shot Michael Funk at Eagle Nation Cycles last December.

Brian Flatoff

Brian Flatoff

Funk was a hostage and was shot by officers Craig Hoffer and Robert Ross while trying to escape.

Neenah City Attorney Jim Godlewski told Post-Crescent Media that the lawsuit will be referred to the city’s defense counsel. He had no comment on the lawsuit itself.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice determined the officers thought Funk was the armed hostage taker and was a threat, and they weren’t criminally responsible for his killing.

The man accused in the standoff, Brian Flatoff, faces trial in March of 2017.

Hostage situation in Neenah

Hostage situation in Neenah

1 Comment

  • Michael Neils

    If you read the connecting articles, it seems this was a way more upsetting shooting then that of the recent cop on black shootings. No warning before firing, says one article. They thought he was armed in another. Didn’t know he was the hostage in yet another. But we haven’t heard of a bunch of bikers clogging streets & malls. Funny how different backgrounds handle things. His widow is going thru the courts, not bawling at the motorcycle shop. Unless we just aren’t hearing as it’s up north?

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