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Bellaire Police Victim Comes Home, But It Ain't Over Yet

Robert Tolan got shot by Bellaire PD, and all he got was this lousy bullet lodged in his liver.

That's all he's gotten so far, at least. Tolan was released from the hospital yesterday, and Hair Balls contacted his attorney to see what their next move is.

"Let me quote my favorite president, the current occupant of the White House: All options are on the table," Geoffrey Berg tells us.

We suggested an apology from BPD might be a nice starting point.

"I think the apology is something we'd love to see as a matter of human decency," Berg says. "The example that I use is I spilled a glass of wine on a friend's ottoman once, and I couldn't stop apologizing. You would think that if you tried to kill someone for no reason at all, that the least you could do is offer an apology."

If BPD had spilled wine on a white ottoman - metaphors aweigh! - apologies might be easier to come by. But we digress.

Berg said they're currently focused on assisting the Harris County DA's office in its investigation. He's optimistic he and his client will get the result they're looking for.

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"I can't imagine how the perpetrator of this crime would escape indictment," Berg says. "We've said from the beginning that we think a crime has been committed, and we want to see justice served."

Berg is less specific about a potential civil suit.

"We're waiting to see what happens with the DA's investigation," he says. "That's not to say that a suit couldn't be filed at some point before that's even over...I think it's fair to say we'll pursue all legal remedies available to the Tolan family."

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