Chang Ho Yi, liquor store owner, sued by shoplifter he shot in the face

At first blush, the lawsuit filed by Bryson Dewberry against Colorado Springs liquor store owner Chang Ho Yi seems patently absurd. After all, Dewberry's complaint faults Yi for shooting him in the face after he shoplifted a bottle of booze -- an action for which the owner was not charged.

But the story is more complicated than that.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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