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SEATTLE (AP) – A motorcyclist who had a gun pulled on him by a King County Sheriff’s Office deputy at a traffic light has sued the deputy and the county claiming the deputy used excessive force.

KING-TV reports Alex Randall filed the lawsuit Tuesday asking for punitive damages and for changes to King County’s policies.

Detective Richard Rowe was in plainclothes and driving an unmarked car when he approached Randall between Seattle and Shoreline in August 2017.

Footage from the incident appears to show Rowe walking up to Randall with a gun pointed at Randall. The suit claims Rowe didn’t properly identify himself.

King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott says the agency will evaluate the claims and work with the county Prosecutor’s Office to determine next steps.

Rowe was suspended in April over the incident for five days without pay.


Information from: KING-TV,