Back in February of 2017, Good Samaritan Kystie Jaehnen came to the aid of an Indiana conservation officer who was being attacked by 25-year-old Justin Holland, who was high on multiple drugs at the time.
The officer had just gotten off of his shift when he heard a call about a suspicious vehicle and a man acting erratically. When the officer stopped to investigate, Holland attacked him. Kystie Jaehnen saw the incident unfold and and when she saw that the officer was being overpowered, she shot Holland in the shoulder, a wound he would not ultimately survive.
Jaehnen was hailed as a hero, but now Holland’s family has retained a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer, Mkake Maislin, according to Fox 19.
Named in the lawsuit are Jaehnen, the officer, and the Indiana department of Natural Resources.
Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in Holland’s vehicle and meth, benzodiazepines, mairjuana, methadone, and dextromethorphan were found in his system at the time of his death.
“It was a life or death situation. When you have someone that is trying to get your gun deadly force is justified,” said Sgt Bill Halbig, of the Aurora Police Department, according to Fox 19.
“She didn’t ask for it. She came to his aide and ended that deadly situation — which could have been very deadly in my opinion to the conservation officer,” Halbig said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to aid in Jaehnen’s defense.
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