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Alaska City Cleared in Wounding of Child with Duluth Ties

Posted at: 03/08/2013 3:23 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A civil jury has absolved the city of Homer of responsibility for injuries to a young boy shot in the head during a 2006 gunfight between his father and law enforcement officers. Attorneys for Jason Anderson Jr. sought $23 million for the child's medical bills, suffering and future care.

Jury forewoman Jennifer Smith tells the Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/12Ai6N5) jurors decided the child's fugitive father, Jason Anderson, shot the boy.

She says Homer police didn't act negligently in using force to attempt apprehending the elder Anderson, who was wanted on drug charges. Anderson, originally from Duluth, Minn., was killed in the shootout at the Homer airport.

The boy's mother sued the U.S. Marshals Service, the police department and the city.

The marshals settled in 2011 for almost $3.5 million.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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