El Paso Co. jury to shoplifter who sued owner for shooting him: Blame yourself

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(Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department)

(Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A shoplifter who was shot in the face after swiping a bottle of vodka from a Colorado Springs liquor store lost his lawsuit against the store owner this week.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, an El Paso County jury determine that while both men were negligent, the shoplifter, Bryson Adrian Dewberry, was more responsible for his injuries by a 65-35 percent margin than the store owner, Chang Ho Yi.

Dewberry was asking for at least $100,000 for pain and suffering. The jury ruled that he should get nothing.

Dewberry was shot in the jaw by Yi, the owner of Austin Bluffs Plaza Liquor, on October 25, 2010. According to the lawsuit, Yi saw the theft and pursued Dewberry out of the store with a loaded .357 revolver. Dewberry was hit while in the backseat of a getaway car.

The bullet hit Dewberry in the chest and his jaw, and arrive at a Colorado Springs hospital, where he admitted he had been shot while shoplifting and informed police he wanted to press charges against Yi.

Yi was initially charged in the case, but a grand jury declined to charge him. Dewberry’s ensuing lawsuit claimed Yi behaved “negligently and recklessly” when the shoplifter posed no physical threat. It also claims Dewberry has been disfigured and suffered wounds that require ongoing speech therapy.

Dewberry has had several run-ins with police in the past. He wasn’t charged in the shoplifting incident at Yi’s store.