County sues Ohio widow of man who died after deputies shocked with stun gun; says she to blame


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CINCINNATI — An Ohio county's lawsuit alleges the widow of a man who died after deputies shocked him with a stun gun was to blame for his death.

Hamilton County filed the federal lawsuit recently in Cincinnati against Nancy Roell who last year sued the county. She contends deputies used excessive force arresting her husband in 2013. The county's lawsuit says Roell was obligated as his guardian to make sure he took mental illness medication and didn't endanger himself or others.

Deputies said Gary Roell Sr. was acting erratically before they stunned him. Both lawsuits say he died shortly afterward of "excited delirium."

The Cincinnati Enquirer ( ) reports Nancy Roell's attorney says she performed responsibly as a guardian and guardians shouldn't be at risk of being sued when others harm their wards.

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