EL DORADO COUNTY–
It was June 11, 2012 at Somerset Store located at 5931 Mt. Aukum Road in Somerset in El Dorado County. Two women walked into a liquor store, got into a confrontation with the cashier and walked out. That cashier called 9-1-1. Dashcam video shows a deputy responding to the scene, the women in the blue pick-up take off.
The women lead that deputy on a short pursuit, lasting for two minutes.
Miki Templeton was the passenger; she says her friend was the driver. Templeton had a DUI in the past and was unable to drive. At the time, both women were drunk.
They were ordered out of the car by deputies, they were surrounded for more than 10 minutes.
During that time, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s report, the women weren’t complying.
This is a direct quote from the report:
“The driver and passenger continued to put their hands down and appeared to be reaching under the seat or near the floor board. I continue to yell for the driver and passenger to keep their hands up. They would lift their hands, then put them back down.”
Deputies also said in the report that the women were clearly intoxicated. Miki Templeton says no matter if she was drunk or not, she complied with the demands and still she was shot.
“They came around to the other side and said get out,” said Miki Templeton, the passenger in the truck. “I tried to get out and they shot me with the bean bag. I tried the second time and was shot again.”
The passenger was also shot with bean bags. Templeton says the passenger underwent surgery — she suffered a bone fracture from the incident and wishes the outcome was different.
“We were scared they could have surrounded the truck and just pulled us out.”
Templeton’s attorney Justin Ward says, drunk or not, his client was injured and has the injuries to prove it and he believes the deputies used excessive force.
“My client never resisted arrest that’s why the resisting arrest charges were dismissed,” said Attorney Justin Ward, he’s representing Miki Templeton.
“Yes my client had too much to drink, but that doesn’t give the officers open season even with a bean bag gun.”
FOX40 did contact El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, but they didn’t respond. Typically, when an ongoing suit or investigation is happening, law enforcement won’t comment.