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UPDATE: Hamilton Co. Sheriff's corrections officer files lawsuit against several of his own

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UPDATE:  A corrections officer with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has filed a lawsuit against several of his own. In the 16-page lawsuit it says deputies mistook one of their own for a criminal and beat him on his own property. Mike Barnes, owner of Barnes Fencing Company witnessed it all.

"Misty and I both said, you're beating the wrong one," said Mike Barnes.

According to Barnes his yells couldn't do much for Aaron Shelton, he says it was just too late.

"They throwing him down on the ground, started beating him with a Billy stick, something beating the crap out of him," said Barnes.

Barnes tells Channel 3, officer Shelton didn't deserve to be beaten like that, he says he hopes Shelton gets everything in this $700,000 lawsuit.

"They ought to give him every nickel he needs,” said Barnes.

Monday, Shelton's attorney, Robin Flores filed a motion to see evidence, he also is hoping an investigation is conducted on the officers who beat Shelton.

"Someone who complies with all commands, and then gets beaten that becomes excessive force," said Robin Flores, Shelton's attorney.

Channel 3 put in multiple calls with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, but never heard anything back on whether or not an internal investigation was ever performed on the officers accused of beating Shelton. We will continue to follow this story and provide more information as it becomes available.

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UPDATE:
 A corrections officer with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has filed a lawsuit against several of his own. He says officers mistook him for a suspect, and beat him on his own property. The lawsuit, filed Friday, is seeking $700,000 in damages.   

We were able get our hands on the lawsuit that was filed on Friday by Shelton's attorney and in it tells the whole story from Shelton's perspective on what happened back in November, as well as provides a pretty lengthy list of what they are seeking because of last years incident

Now according to the lawsuit, it claims deputies were seeking a suspect who crashed a truck on the property of corrections officer, Aaron Shelton, who was at home with his wife.  Shelton saw the suspect run toward his carport, at which point officers pointed their weapons at Shelton, and demanded he get on the ground. Shelton says in the lawsuit, deputies beat him with a baton, even while his wife and a neighbor were screaming they had the wrong man.  

Now the according to the lawsuit, deputies then arrested the actual suspect, then allegedly told Shelton they were, quote, "all brothers, man." 

Channel 3 spoke with his attorney Sunday who says it was hard for Shelton to pursue legal action, because for fear of retaliation.

"Just imagine you are in his position and your suppose to be brothers in blue, it took a lot of guts for him to bring this forward. Mr. Shelton has attempted to work through his channels, he hasn't gotten anywhere yet," said Robin Flores, Shelton's lawyer. 

Now according to this lawsuit, Shelton and his wife are seeking $700,000. His attorney tells Channel 3 this case probably won't end up in a courtroom until next year. 

We reached out to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for comment, but they said they are not commenting on this case because it is an ongoing investigation.  

Shelton, no longer lives at the home where the incident happened, he has since moved. 


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The 16-page lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Hamilton County Circuit Court, is seeking $200,000 in compensatory damages and $500,000 in punitive damages.

On November 11, Aaron Shelton and his wife were at their home when they heard something "being broken." Aaron went to investigate and saw a vehicle crashed in the front yard and a person was running toward the carport.

Shelton claims he followed the suspect and was confronted by deputies with guns drawn on his property on Ely Road. Shelton claims the deputies ordered him to "get on the ground".  Shelton claims he complied offering no resistance at which point the deputies began hitting him. He told the deputies he was an off duty law enforcement officer. 

One deputy, Curtis Killingsworth, began beating him with a baton. Shelton suffered a tibia and ankle contusion during the beating. He was struck so hard with the baton that an outline was left across his lower back, said Robin Flores, an attorney who is representing Shelton.

Even though Shelton's wife was at the scene telling the deputies that Aaron was an officer, they continued striking Aaron. A neighbor came out and told them "they were beating the wrong man," at that point they stopped, according to the lawsuit.

The deputies then realized that other responding deputies had already captured the suspect. 

One of the deputies told Shelton, "they were all brothers, man."

"The comments by the individual defendants to Aaron ... that they were 'brothers,' reflects an internal creed that the law enforcement agents of the county had a code of silence, which is only possible in an environment created or allowed by the county," the lawsuit states.

The incident was not reported to the sheriff's office by the deputies.  Shelton said the sheriff's office refused to pay his medical expenses that resulted from this incident. Shelton was told that his injuries were not work related, Flores said.

A complaint was filed by Shelton with Internal Affairs on November 16. 

Since the incident, the county has sent out a department wide email containing a list of people with claims against the county. 

"At the time of this email, Aaron had not filed this instant lawsuit, and impact of the email stigmatized Aaron within his department as a person who was not a 'brother' as stated by the individual defendants and has subjected Aaron to humiliation and mental anguish," according to the lawsuit.

Shelton, who has worked at the jail for about five years, was recently bypassed for an assignment to patrol after this incident, Flores said.
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