*A New York police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Sean Bell on his wedding day is now suing Bell’s estate — claiming the unarmed victim drunkenly assaulted and badly injured him with his car right before the hail of police gunfire that took his life.
According to the New York Post, Officer Michael Carey’s lawsuit says Bell was intoxicated when he got behind the wheel following his bachelor party on Nov. 25, 2006. Carey also claims the groom failed to wear glasses or contact lenses despite having poor eyesight.
Carey’s allegations are contained in a Brooklyn federal counter-claim filed last week in response to a wrongful-death lawsuit being pursued by Bell’s fiancée, Nicole Paultre Bell, against him and the other four cops involved.
“[Officer Carey] suffered serious leg injury when [Bell] crashed into the vehicle he was riding in before Officer Carey ever drew his gun and fired a shot,” said Carey’s lawyer, Richard Signorelli.
Bell, 23, and his entourage were shot at 50 times by five officers, including Carey, after they left Club Kalua, in Jamaica, Queens.