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Cop called hero for saving stabbed officer's life can be sued for excessive force in same incident

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A California sheriff's deputy was called a hero and awarded a medal of valor for saving the life of a fellow deputy who was stabbed in 2013. But a panel of federal judges ruled last week that Orange County Deputy Michael Higgins can be sued for excessive use of force after he fatally shot the knife-wielding suspect and then stomped on his head three times. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

A California sheriff's deputy was called a hero and awarded a medal of valor for saving the life of a fellow deputy who was stabbed in September 2013, KCBS-TV reported.

But a panel of federal judges ruled last week that Orange County Deputy Michael Higgins can be sued for excessive use of force after he fatally shot the knife-wielding suspect and then stomped on his head three times, the station said.

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