Albuquerque reaches settlement in police shooting

January 27, 2014 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The police shooting of an Iraq War veteran in 2010 will cost Albuquerque about $8 [auth] million.

The Albuquerque Journal ( reported Monday that a tentative settlement for $7.95 million has been reached with the family of Kenneth Ellis IIII.

A jury reached a $10.3 million verdict in the cast last March, but the city appealed.

City Attorney David Tourek says the settlement is tentative because it requires a judge’s approval.

He says it’s in the best interest of taxpayers because there could have been attorney fees and interest on top of the jury award.

Albuquerque officials originally said the city’s self-insurance program would pay for the $10.3 million judgment before the decision was made to appeal.

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