CASPER (WNE) — A Missouri family is suing law enforcement in Park County, alleging they were held at gunpoint by officers for more than an hour without cause while leaving Yellowstone National Park in 2017.
Brett and Genalyn Hemry filed a complaint in federal court in July seeking damages for the incident.
According to the lawsuit, Park Service rangers and Park County sheriff’s deputies allegedly pulled the Hemrys over while searching for a triple homicide suspect whose car was found in the Bridger-Teton National Forest about a week prior.
Dispatch records cited in the complaint state that rangers had flagged the family’s car, a white Toyota with Missouri plates, as the suspect’s potential vehicle.
Throughout the roughly hour and a half the suit states the family was held, the Hemrys allege they weren’t given any chance to identify themselves and weren’t told the reason for their detainment until being released.
Brett and Genalyn Hemry were also traveling with an underage child who, according to the lawsuit, was detained in the family’s car while the parents were reportedly handcuffed and put into sheriff’s patrol cars.
The Hemrys are now making three claims against the rangers and sheriff’s deputies: alleging false arrest, excessive force and false imprisonment. They’re also calling for the matter and amount of damages to be decided by a jury.