Mother of brain-injured son files lawsuit against pepper spray manufacturer


    A lawsuit at the Boone County Courthouse Tuesday claimed a pepper spray company was responsible for a Columbia man’s brain and body injuries. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

    A lawsuit heard at the Boone County Courthouse Tuesday claimed a pepper spray company was responsible for a Columbia man’s brain and body injuries.

    The mother of 22-year-old Galell Lee filed the lawsuit against the makers of Sabre Red pepper spray.

    Court documents accused the owners of the pepper spray manufacturer of failing to warn customers about the possible effects of their product. Someone sprayed Lee with Sabre Red pepper spray during his training at Columbia’s Law Enforcement Training Institute in October 2018. Doctors diagnosed Lee with pepper spray arrhythmia after Lee collapsed, lost consciousness and began to have a seizure. The lawsuit asked for at least $25,000 in compensation through a jury trial for Lee’s brain and body injuries.

    Lee’s attorney Aaron Smith of A.W. Smith Law Firm told KRCG 13 he could not comment on the case because the lawsuit involved an ongoing investigation.

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