Man who was shot through a wall is now suing

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:31 p.m.

A man is suing a security guard who shot him in the leg through a wall as he slept, according to a Gainesville lawyer.

Christopher Joyce seeks unspecified damages for negligence and future medical care after Jimmy Dixon's weapon discharged and a bullet went through a wall and into Joyce's leg on July 9.

According to attorney Dan Vazquez, Dixon was employed by the company that runs the 2nd Avenue Centre apartments in Gainesville.

2nd Avenue Centre property manager Scott Orphan released a statement about the incident on July 13:

"Relating to an incident that occurred on 7/9/12 near 2nd Ave Centre, there were no employees or residents involved. The incident involved a security officer from One Global Security who accidentally discharged a firearm."

Vazquez said Dixon was asleep in his bed and woke up to a searing pain in his leg that he thought was a charley horse or a blood clot. He went in the shower and tried to massage it out, and the wound bled profusely. Then he noticed a hole in the wall. About 30 minutes later, Dixon knocked on the door and said he heard a loud noise, and asked was everyone OK?

"Dixon waited," Vazquez said, "and he didn't tell Chris the truth."

Police were notified but no charges were filed.

Doctor' decided not to remove some of the bullet fragments because of proximity to major arteries.

Attempts to reach Jimmy Dixon were unsuccessful.

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