Steven Seagal Raid Gone Wrong: Actor sued for $100,000 after he accidently runs over a puppy and kills it. The raid happened during filming for A&E’s Lawman.
If you own a television, you’ve probably caught some old Steven Seagal movies while channel surfing, and seen actor throwing down a cheesy line or two before putting the beat-down on his opposition and finishing his martial arts domination with a crushing kick to the face.
But here’s something you don’t see on TV everyday: A real Steven Seagal raid in which the actor drives a tank into a house and accidently runs over a puppy, killing it. That’s exactly what happened when the actor was filming an episode of his A&E reality show Lawman and teamed up with Arizona Sherriff Joe Arpaio to perform a raid on the house of an Arizona man suspected of running a cockfighting ring.
For ultimate effect during the raid, Seagal and Arpaio gathered dozens of officers in riot gear, a few armored cars and a couple of tanks to take on the man, Jesus Llovera, despite him never having a history of owning guns. That’s no concern during a Steven Seagal raid, though, as the "Lawman" apparently drove the tank into Llovera’s home, accidently killing his dog in the process (The Arizona Sheriff’s department said that they had reason to believe that Llovera was armed).
Llovera was eventually arrested on charges of suspected cockfighting, but is now suing Seagal for $100,000 and demanding that the actor hand-write a letter to his children, apologizing for the death of their puppy. It wasn’t just the dog that Seagal killed either, as he and his Lawman crew also euthanized hundreds of chickens on Llovera’s farm.
Llovera’s attorney, Robert Campus, accused Arpaio of overplaying and escalating the situation to create dramatic footage for Lawman.
"There was more force used in this than I’ve seen in some big drug busts," said Campus.