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Lake County officers cleared in mistaken arrest

By Associated Press
Published On: Oct 11 2012 08:53:24 AM MDT
Updated On: Oct 12 2012 09:23:09 AM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

A judge has cleared several Lake County law enforcement officers of wrongdoing after a Polson man sued them for breaking into his apartment in June 2009 and arresting him, believing he was a domestic assault suspect.
    
A federal judge granted the officers a summary judgment on Oct. 9.
    
Court records say a woman gave officers permission to enter her apartment and confront her boyfriend, who she said had assaulted her.
    
However, the officers mistakenly entered the wrong apartment and arrested Patrick Haun.
    
Haun's lawsuit sought $300,000 in damages. He said the officers entered his apartment as he slept, slammed him to the floor and handcuffed him. Officers said they identified themselves and Haun started yelling profanities and told them they were lucky he didn't have a gun.