Denver agrees to 190,000-dollar settlement in police shooting death of Jason Gomez
Man was holding cigarette lighter, not a weapon
Last Updated: 373 days ago
DENVER - The Denver City Council has agreed to a $190,000 settlement with a woman who says police weren't justified in fatally shooting her husband in 2007.
The Denver Post reports the City Council approved the settlement Monday.
Vicki Lynn Trujillo had filed a lawsuit seeking $10 million in damages over a shooting that killed her husband Jason Gomez after a foot chase.
Denver prosecutors who reviewed the case determined officer Timothy Campbell was justified in using deadly force after Gomez allegedly pulled an object from his pocket and threatened to kill him, but city officials say the settlement lets the city avoid further costs of litigation.
Trujillo's attorney Kenneth Padilla called the settlement fair for Denver. The object Gomez had wielded turned out to be a cigarette lighter.
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