Man sues Kendall Co. sheriff for serious injuries sustained during training exercise

Matthew Dietz is suing Al Auxier, KCSO and Kendall County

File: Kendall County courthouse

KENDALL COUNTY, Texas – A man is suing Kendall County Sheriff Al Auxier, the sheriff’s department and Kendall County in a lawsuit alleging he was seriously injured by deputies while serving as a volunteer during an active shooter training exercise.

Matthew Dietz, of Hidalgo County, is seeking up to $250,000 in monetary relief.

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According to the lawsuit, Dietz volunteered to participate in the training exercise on March 12, 2021.

He said he was “physically manhandled, grabbed and thrown about,” causing him to hit the ground, a wall or other objects.

“The Defendants’ extreme conduct was outside the course and scope of the training exercise being conducted and rose to the level of a physical assault on Plaintiff,” the lawsuit states.

Dietz suffered a fractured nose and a torn right shoulder that required several surgeries, the lawsuit states.

The injuries caused him physical pain and mental anguish, medical expenses, disfigurement and lost wages, Dietz claims.

Dietz said he was unable to work because of the severity of his injuries.

The lawsuit seeks a jury trial.

KSAT reached out to Kendall County and the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office for comment.

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