Hub City man suing city over HPD 'abuse' found dead

Hub City man suing city over HPD 'abuse' found dead
Chase Borgognoni was suing the City of Hattiesburg and HPD claiming abuse. Source: Facebook

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man who was suing the City of Hattiesburg for alleged police abuse was found dead in a car Thursday afternoon.

According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem, Jordan Chase Borgognoni, 28, was found dead in a car at 380 Archie Smith Road in Forrest County.

Forrest County Sheriff's Department Investigator Nick Calico said their department is handling the investigation.

"The Forrest County Sheriff's Office received a medical call in reference to a male in a vehicle unresponsive," said Calico. "Once deputies and medical personnel arrived on scene, they observed a white male (Borgognoni), in a vehicle deceased."

Calico added that at that point a death investigation was started.

"The scene was processed by the crime scene unit and the coroner was notified.

Klem said there are no signs of trauma visible on the body, but he was sent to Jackson for an autopsy.

Borgognoni claimed members of the Hattiesburg Police Department broke his spine after an alleged domestic disturbance call on July 23, 2012.

He later filed the lawsuit seeking unspecified damages.

In the lawsuit, the police report says Borgognoni cursed at the officers. It alleges the officers arrested him on charges of domestic violence and simple assault, then threw him to the ground, kicked him, and jumped on his back.

He claimed he was a complete quadriplegic since the night of the alleged incident.

Borgognoni's suit against Hattiesburg and HPD was scheduled in federal court August 2nd at 9 a.m.