A biker who was shot during the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout but not arrested filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an attempt to recover his medical expenses.
William Richardson, of Lexington, was shot in the lower torso during the melee at Twin Peaks and is listed in the criminal indictments as one of about 20 victims of the 155 indicted bikers.
Richardson’s attorney, Matthew Wright, of Rosebud, said Richardson, an employee of the Texas A&M University transportation division, underwent surgery and was hospitalized.
“Mr. Richardson had medical expenses from being shot,” Wright said. “The lawsuit was filed to protect his rights regarding his injury claim.”
Richardson’s suit, filed in Waco’s 74th State District Court, names as defendants Twin Peaks Investment; Front Burner Restaurant GP; former Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman; Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez; McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara; and an unknown officer identified in the lawsuit as John Doe.
The suit seeks more than $200,000 but less than $1 million.
The suit alleges officials at Front Burner, which operated the Waco Twin Peaks franchise, were warned by law enforcement before the Sunday afternoon meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs & Independents of increasing friction between the Bandidos and Cossacks motorcycle groups but hosted the meeting anyway.
The restaurant, which never reopened after the shootout, “went ahead with the promotion and hosting of the COC meeting in the hopes of securing profit, regardless of the potential loss of life or injury to people in attendance,” the suit alleges.
The lawsuit claims the deaths of nine bikers and injuries to at least 20 others were compounded by the mass arrests “and wrongful detention of innocent individuals.”