first_imgA former La Center police officer has filed a lawsuit against American Medical Response claiming that a paramedic punched her in the face while she was restrained during an involuntary mental health hold.Tracy Cook, 44, of Ridgefield seeks an unspecified amount in damages for pain, suffering, disability, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life and payment for attorney’s fees and legal costs.Officials with AMR did not immediately return phone calls Wednesday seeking comment.The lawsuit involves a Jan. 2, 2013, confrontation with Clark County sheriff’s deputies for which Cook was initially charged in District Court with obstructing a law enforcement officer. The charge was later dismissed.Then-acting La Center Police Chief Erin Nolan requested that sheriff’s deputies conduct a welfare check on Cook that day when she learned that Cook had sent several text messages stating that she had consumed a large amount of vodka, wanted to die and had attempted to drown herself, according to a probable cause affidavit by sheriff’s Deputy Fred Neiman Jr.Cook initially refused to let anyone in, Neiman wrote. She later agreed to allow entry to two officers and a struggle ensued, he said.last_img read more