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Lawsuit: Deputy Sent 'Sorry I Tased You' Cake Pic to Woman

Michael Wohlers allegedly shot her with a stun gun for no reason
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2016 6:17 PM CDT
Lawsuit: Deputy Sent 'Sorry I Tased You' Cake to Woman
Florida woman says sheriff's deputy sent her this cake to apologize after he shot her with a stun gun for no reason.   (Twitter)

Sometimes a cake just makes everything worse. The Pensacola News Journal reports a Florida woman is suing a sheriff's deputy she says shot her with a stun gun then attempted to make it right with a questionably frosted cake. The lawsuit claims that in June 2015, deputy Michael Wohlers left his shift and visited Stephanie Byron at the apartment complex where she worked. The lawsuit states Wohlers was upset about Byron's personal life and tried to "intimidate, harass, and threaten her." He took away her sweet tea then shot her with a stun gun in the chest and neck when she tried to get it back, the lawsuit claims. According to the AP, Wohler told his superior that he fired the stun gun into a pillow at his house. He also filed a false police report about it.

The lawsuit claims Wohlers later tried to apologize to Byron by sending her a picture of a cake. (The News Journal originally reported he sent her the actual cake.) Frosting on the cake reads "Sorry I Tased You" and shows two stick figures, one apparently shooting something with wires at the other. It could be Wohlers' undoing. As the lawsuit notes: "The cake Wohlers baked...clearly shows...Wohlers firing the Taser at Ms. Byron." Wohlers has since changed his story, saying he fired the stun gun at Byron during a moment of "horseplay." Wohlers resigned from the sheriff's department last year while being investigated for misconduct. On Monday, he was banned from serving with any Florida law enforcement agency for one year. Byron is seeking monetary compensation for a violation of her civil rights, battery, and more. (While Wohlers allegedly claimed to have baked the cake, Gizmodo explains that it was actually given cop-to-cop after an accidental stun gun incident years ago.)

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