Most people would assume a distress call involves some reason for distress. Harris County Deputy Brady Pullen is apparently not one of those people.
In December of 2012, Carmen Figueroa panicked and called 911 to report that her son-in-law had been acting irrationally and aggressively, reports Click2Houston. Dispatchers sent an ambulance and, expressly in the case of danger, Deputy Brady Pullen was sent as well.
Danger, however, was not what Pullen expected. According to Police One, Figueroa’s son-in-law, 43-year-old Kemal Yazar, attacked Deputy Pullen as soon as he entered the premises. Yazar jumped on him, broke his nose, and bit him before reaching for Deputy Pullen’s service revolver. Pullen shot Yazar to death.
Now, the woman who called asking for help is being sued for not warning Deputy Pullen about potential danger. Pullen, after killing her son-in-law, has sued Figueroa for $100,000 in damages.
"Look, police officers know everyday, everywhere they go, they could be in a dangerous situation,” says defense attorney Brian Wice. “So this guy is going to try step out and collect money for taking that risk."
It is unclear whether someone can actually be formally accused of not warning another person of danger. A claim like this may fall under negligence or acting as an accomplice but both will be difficult to prove since Figueroa called the police.
"I predict it will lose on summary judgment because with law-enforcement, firemen and soldiers, there's an inherent risk doctrine that when things happen to you, it is the inherent risk of your profession," T. Gerald Treece, associate dean and professor of law at South Texas School of Law, told the Houston Chronicle.