The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is facing a federal lawsuit filed by a former paid informant who worked with a drug task force to relay intel.

In April 2022, the plaintiff was shot 15 times in his front yard. This, after attorneys said he warned the sheriff’s office a “hit man” was after him and his wife. They said deputies did nothing to protect them. The victim survived the shooting but has permanent damage.

When he was released from the hospital, the plaintiff said the sheriff’s office put him and his wife in a Microtel Motel for two months and then stopped assisting.

The plaintiff is suing the sheriff’s office, and several deputies, including one deputy the plaintiff believes may have revealed the informant’s identity.

The man and his wife are suing because he cannot work, and she is now scared to leave his side. They claim their constitutional rights were violated by acts of deliberate indifference, blatant failure to intervene and failure to take required protective actions. Other claims include negligence, reckless and wanton conduct or omissions.

District Judge Annemarie Carney Axon of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama has asked for a new filing with more details and specifics from the plaintiff. The sheriff’s office has not responded to the claims.

The lawsuit claims compensatory and punitive damages totaling more than $10 million.

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