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Delaware man allegedly shot in neck during combat simulation seeks more than $150,000

Federal Court

By Marian Johns | Dec 2, 2019

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Philadelphia federal court

PHILADELPHIA – A Pennsylvania weapons training business that offers live training and situational combat simulations exercises is facing a lawsuit by a Delaware man who became a quadriplegic after allegedly being shot in the neck by one of its instructor role players.

Darin and Tiffany McMahon and Sean McMahon filed a complaint Nov. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Rockwell Tactical Group LLC (RTG), Threat Assessment and Tactical Solutions (TATS) Group LLC, Jared Ross and others, alleging negligence, negligent hiring, retention and supervision and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

The suit states Darin McMahon was shot with a live round on Sept. 15 while participating in one of the "shoothouse scenarios" at the TATS facility. The plaintiffs allege the instructors did not have adequate licensed instructors with proper training or certifications for CPR and medical treatment. They also claim the defendants did not follow safety protocol by "frisking customers, attendees or using metal detector wands to ensure no 'live-round firearms' entered the 'shoothouse' or training area."

The plaintiffs seek monetary relief of more than $150,000 plus interest, a trial by jury and all other just relief. They are represented by Cary McClain and Robert Abernethy of The McClain Firm in Gladwyne. 

U.S.  District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 5:19-CV-05292-JFL

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