Settlement reached in police shooting of Iraq war veteran

Posted at: 01/28/2014 9:59 AM
Updated at: 01/28/2014 10:03 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Kenneth Ellis
Kenneth Ellis

A judge's approval is needed to finalize the city of Albuquerque's nearly $8 million settlement with the family of an Iraq war veteran who was fatally shot by an officer.

In 2010, APD officer Brett Lampiris Tremba shot and killed Kenneth Ellis while Ellis held a gun to his own head.

Last March, a jury awarded a total of $10.2 million to the son of the Iraq war veteran.

The city planned to appeal, but instead of going through that process, the Ellis family agreed on a nearly $8 million settlement.

"We feel it's in the city taxpayers best interest to try and address this head on, be proactive and try and address the uncertainty that would occur up in the appeal of courts," City Attorney David Tourek said.

If the settlement is approved, the city will have paid $24 million in police misconduct cases since 2010, according to the Albuquerque Journal.