Former Fugitive From Justice Loses Lawsuit

Posted 2 years ago

By Fred Gough

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A man convicted of kidnapping a northeastern Kansas couple has lost his bid for damages from a Topeka police officer who shot him while making the arrest.

Twenty-six-year-old Jesse Dimmick was a fugitive from criminal charges in Colorado when he burst into a home in the Topeka suburb of Dover in September 2009. The couple escaped and called police when Dimmick fell asleep.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports a Shawnee County jury on Thursday ruled against Dimmick in a lawsuit seeking up to $436,000 in damages from the city of Topeka and police Sgt. Guy Gardner.

Gardner says his weapon fired accidentally. The jury ruled that Dimmick – now a prisoner in a Colorado jail – was 100 percent responsible for the incident.

Dimmick had initially been sought in Geary County in connection with a Colorado case. Authorities searched overnight for him, before he was spotted by current Sheriff’s Department Major Tony Wolf. Wolf gave pursuit down I-70 all the way into Shawnee County where Dimmick broke into the home in Dover and was eventually captured.