Twin Peaks shootout

Bikers wait to be transported after the Twin Peaks shootout. 47 more bikers are suing over their arrests after the shootout.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte, file

A biker who was shot during the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout but not arrested filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to recover his medical expenses.

William Richardson, of Lexington, was shot in the lower torso during the melee at Twin Peaks and is listed in the criminal indictments as one of about 20 victims of the 155 indicted bikers.

Richardson’s attorney, Matthew Wright, of Rosebud, said Richardson, an employee of the Texas A&M University transportation division, underwent surgery and was hospitalized.

“Mr. Richardson had medical expenses from being shot,” Wright said. “The lawsuit was filed to protect his rights regarding his injury claim.”

Richardson’s suit, filed in Waco’s 74th State District Court, names as defendants Twin Peaks Investment; Front Burner Restaurant GP; former Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman; Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez; McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara; and an unknown officer identified in the lawsuit as John Doe.

The suit seeks more than $200,000 but less than $1 million.

The suit alleges officials at Front Burner, which operated the Waco Twin Peaks franchise, were warned by law enforcement before the Sunday afternoon meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs & Independents of increasing friction between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle groups but hosted the meeting anyway.

The restaurant, which never reopened after the shootout, “went ahead with the promotion and hosting of the COC meeting in the hopes of securing profit, regardless of the potential loss of life or injury to people in attendance,” the suit alleges.

The lawsuit claims the deaths of nine bikers and injuries to at least 20 others were compounded by the mass arrests “and wrongful detention of innocent individuals.”

Failure to render aid cited

“During this period of detention, prior to transporting the detained off scene, neither law enforcement officers under control of defendant Chavez, defendant Stroman or defendant McNamara rendered aid to detainees who were injured nor did they call for emergency medical assistance,” the suit alleges.

Richardson was not provided immediate medical attention by restaurant or law enforcement officials, the lawsuit claims.

“The plaintiff and several other detainees pleaded with law enforcement to call for emergency medical assistance or to render emergency first aid,” the suit states. “After repeated attempts to secure emergency aid, a private citizen provided a pickup truck and offered to take the plaintiff to Hillcrest Medical Center.”

Richardson doesn’t know who shot him but claims the unknown officer referred to as John Doe acted intentionally, knowingly and recklessly by shooting into a crowd gathered at a public restaurant, the suit states.

He claims that Stroman, Chavez, McNamara and Doe failed to take action to avoid a foreseeable risk of injury to others and used excessive force that violated Richardson’s rights.

“There are pending criminal matters and civil lawsuits, and the city of Waco chooses to litigate these matters in the courts,” Waco City Attorney Jennifer Richie said.

Attorneys for Twin Peaks and McNamara did not return phone messages Tuesday afternoon.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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