OGDEN -- A bank robber shot by police following a dramatic crime spree that culminated in a quiet South Ogden neighborhood last year is suing the Weber County Sheriff's Office.
Michael S. Ames, 46, alleges his civil rights were violated and that Deputy Todd Christensen used improper lethal force when he shot and wounded him.
"I've had incredible physical and mental injury," Ames said in the handwritten complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. "I was shot five times total. This shattered my hip, destroyed my digestive tract, and (caused) numerous soft tissue injuries. I am suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder also. I now wear a colostomy bag and no longer have normal use of my bowels."
Ames also claims Christensen has a history of being a "hot head," adding he fears retaliation.
Lt. Mark Lowther, a spokesman for the Weber County Sheriff's Office, declined Monday to comment on the suit.
Ames is seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering and future medical expenses.
He is currently serving six years to life in Utah State Prison for convictions on aggravated robbery, failure to stop or respond at command of police, robbery and burglary.
The charges stem from the March 25, 2011, robbery of a Key Bank branch at 3775 Wall Ave. in Ogden.
Ames threatened several employees with a handgun, telling them he would kill them, and ordered everyone to the back of the bank before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.
Police caught up with Ames in his Jeep Rubicon on Riverdale Road and chased him down Interstate 15 into Davis County and back to Weber County before he crashed the Jeep. Police said he then carjacked a woman at gunpoint in the Taylor area of west Weber County.
Eventually, he ran through backyards of a South Ogden neighborhood and broke into a home. The owner of the home went after Ames with a bat.
He was shot by police after officers say he pointed a gun at them in the 3900 block of Raymond Avenue.