It was the kind of shoot out many like to see at the movies, but never in their own neighborhoods.
Two years ago in Northwest Houston a big rig loaded with narcotics was ambushed by cartel gunman.
When heavily armed federal agents intervened on the drug-sting-gone-bad, more bullets flew. An informant died, an officer was wounded and a truck borrowed by the DEA was badly damaged.
"This case is an example of the government completely disregarding and trampling on the privacy rights and the constitutional rights and liberties of a private citizen," said attorney Fred Shepherd.
Shepard represents the owner of that truck, Houstonian Craig Patty, whose suing the DEA in Federal court for both commandeering and wrecking his costly vehicle without permission.
The damaged 18 wheeler accounted for half of his small trucking operation.
"They used his business, his personal property without his consent or his knowledge. They effectively destroyed it for government purposes and then when he asked them to fix it they tell him 'No', that it's his problem, not theirs. It's wrong and we need to make it right," said Shepherd.
The purpose of Patty's very public lawsuit is two fold - hold his government accountable and send a clear message to the vengeful cartel that he had nothing to do with the deal.
"Craig Patty has lived in fear both for himself and his family since this incident happened," said Shepherd.
The informant who was killed in the gun battle was employed by Patty as a driver, but was also secretly working for the DEA.
When informed of the pending lawsuit, a spokesperson for the agency declined comment.