Pleasantville, N.Y., officer Aaron Hess claims the store is responsible for the injuries he suffered during the incident, which culminated in Hess being hit by a car and subsequently shooting its 20-year-old occupant, Danroy Henry Jr.
The suit was filed Friday in White Plains state court against Briarcliff Wines & Liquor. A lawyer for the establishment refuted the claim, telling Hess’ attorney that another store sold the student-athlete alcohol, according to The Journal News.
Henry was shot early on the morning of Oct. 17 while behind the wheel of his car outside Finnegan’s Grill in Mount Pleasant, N.Y., where a brawl had broken out following the Pace homecoming game.
Police claimed Hess and fellow officer Ronald Beckley opened fire after Henry abruptly tried to drive his car out of a fire lane, hitting Hess, a third cop and then a police car outside the restaurant.
An autopsy found Henry had a blood alcohol reading of 0.13, but the sportsman’s family strenuously denied that he was drunk when the shooting occurred.
A Westchester County grand jury ruled in February it would not indict Hess and Beckley for their role in the shooting death of the sportsman.
Henry’s family filed a civil rights lawsuit against Hess in April, seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. The case is ongoing.