FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina — A man who was shot and wounded by a Fayetteville police officer after a chase last year has sued. Herman Harris Jr. said he suffered a number of health problems after he was shot in August of 2012, The Fayetteville Observer (http://bit.ly/17MjrOn ) reported. The problems included weight loss and permanent nerve damage, according to the lawsuit.
The federal lawsuit filed earlier this year seeks unspecified damages and a jury trial.
Fayetteville City Council voted this week to provide for officer Zachary Pittman's defense.
Police said Harris ran when Pittman was responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police say Harris ran and there was a struggle after the chase and Harris was shot.
The arrest warrant said Harris had pointed a handgun at Pittman before he was shot.
Pittman returned to duty in September 2012 after an investigation.
Police Chief Harold Medlock said in a statement he looks forward to defending the lawsuit, but regrets the cost to the taxpayers to defend what he called "unsubstantiated allegations."
Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com