Man who had heart attack after Hawaii missile alert sues

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FILE – This Jan. 13, 2018 file smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general is recommending changes to the nation’s emergency alert system after Hawaii officials in January mistakenly warned the public about an incoming […]

HONOLULU (AP) – A man who suffered a heart attack shortly after Hawaii mistakenly issued an alert about a ballistic missile is suing the state.

The lawsuit filed in state court Tuesday said the sending of the false missile alert and failing to cancel it in a timely manner was a substantial factor in causing James Sean Shields’ heart attack on Jan. 13.

His girlfriend Brenda Reichel is also suing. She says she suffered “emotional upset” from watching him almost die.

Their lawsuit names the state of Hawaii and the then-administrator of the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, Vern Miyagi. It names unidentified state employees, individuals and entities responsible for the missile alert.

State attorney general spokesman Krishna F. Jayaram says his office will review the complaint.

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