Santa Fe settles police shooting case for $100,000

Posted at: 12/13/2012 11:32 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Santa Fe County Commission has agreed to pay $100,000 to the estate of a sword-wielding man shot a decade ago by a sheriff's deputy.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Tuesday's settlement means the county won't have to pay a $3 million federal civil judgment awarded to Walter Mitchell.

Mitchell was shot by a sheriff's deputy in 2002 but survived.

The deputy testified at Mitchell's criminal trial in 2004 that he fired in self-defense after Mitchell charged him with the sword. sword.

Mitchell was found guilty but mentally ill for aggravated assault on a peace officer and given probation.

Mitchell sued and a jury awarded him $3 million after a brief trial where no county attorneys appeared. The county later asked the judgment to be overturned. Mitchell has since died.

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