Dad of Gas-Soaked Stun Gun Victim Sues Pennsylvania Police

The father of a Pennsylvania man who had soaked himself in gasoline during a domestic dispute is suing the Pennsylvania State Police because his son caught fire and died when a trooper used a stun gun to subdue him.

Shawn Mohney’s federal civil rights suit filed Tuesday says 24-year-old Levi Mohney suffered burns over 98 percent of his body in March 2009.

The encounter happened at a mobile home where Levi Mohney’s girlfriend lived in Strattanville, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Troopers were responding to a report that Levi Mohney had assaulted her.

Shawn Mohney’s attorney tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that there was no need to use the electric stun gun because Levi Mohney wasn’t armed and wasn’t a threat to police.

State police are not commenting on the lawsuit.