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Gazette Premium Content Colorado Springs family sues Discovery Channel in death

BY MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com- Published: June 18, 2013

A Colorado Springs family is suing the owners of the Discovery Channel for the wrongful death of Terry Flanell during filming of a pilot show about the gun store and shooting range she owned with her husband.

According to the complaint filed in Denver federal court last week, Flanell, her husband and her daughter were shooting the open scene of the reality TV show "Brothers in Arms" when a pyrotechnic device hit and instantly killed Flanell. The incident occurred near the Dragon Man gun store on June 14, 2012 at 1250 Dragon Man Drive in Colorado Springs.

Both Flanell's husband and daughter are suing Discovery Communications and Anthropic Productions for wrongful death and negligence saying the television and filming company didn't show proper care in firing off pyrotechnics intended to be used to create smoke.

Neither company could be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

According to a website for the gun store Dragon Man is still open for business. Under a photo of Terry Flanell it says "In loving memory of 'Terrible Terry.' Despite this terrible tragedy we are still open year round and are busier than ever."

Contact Megan Schrader

719-286-0644

Twitter: @CapitolSchrader

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