Aurora to pay $2.6M to family of unarmed man killed by cop

9NEWS @ 4. 11/7/2016

DENVER (AP) - The city of Aurora will pay $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit from relatives of an unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a police officer in 2015.

City attorney Mike Hyman says the department also agreed to policy changes as part of the settlement over the March 2015 death of 37-year-old Naeschylus Carter Vinzant.

A grand jury declined to indict officer Paul Jerothe, concluding he acted reasonably when he shot Vinzant once in the chest. Officers later discovered he was unarmed.

Vinzant was on parole for a prior assault conviction and had cut off his monitoring bracelet and fled after beating his wife and taking their 2-month-old son four days earlier.

Investigators waited six days to interview Jerothe, who said he intended to shoot Vinzant because he feared for his safety. 

Aurora Police say $500,000 of the settlement comes from the city's funds. The rest is paid by Aurora's insurance carrier. 

Copyright 2016 Associated Press


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