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.
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.