Julie Huff, who was injured in 2016 after law enforcement officers shot her nine times during a standoff with a Eufaula bank robber who was holding her hostage, is suing Creek County, Tulsa County, McIntosh County, the city of Eufaula, the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Corrections.
The lawsuit states Huff informed the parties in January.
In the suit, Huff alleges Cedric Norris, the robber who was killed by police, was serving a prison sentence in Texas for burglaries when he was extradited to Oklahoma to face multiple charges of robbery by force in Tulsa and Creek Counties. Norris was convicted in 2006 and sentenced to 10 years in prison, 60 years in prison to run concurrently with the 10-year sentence.
Oklahoma’s department of corrections, the suit alleges, released Norris to Texas to serve his sentences there and did not bring him back to Oklahoma to serve out the rest of his longer sentence here.
On Jan. 21, 2016, when Norris robbed the Bank of Eufaula, shot and killed the bank president, shot another bank employee and took Huff hostage, he should have been in an Oklahoma prison, she alleges. After officers disabled a vehicle he had stolen, he engaged in a shootout with them, using Huff as a human shield. The officers, she alleges, were repeatedly informed that she was a hostage, but kept firing anyway, striking her nine times, from her head down to her legs.
”(L)aw enforcement personnel literally shot through an innocent hostage ... to kill Mr. Norris,” the suit states. “Emergency personnel on the scene initially thought she had died.”
She has undergone numerous surgeries and can no longer work as a nurse due to the severity of her injuries, she claims. Among the injuries:
- severe scarring
- massive medical expenses