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Virginia city to pay man shot by police $200K to settle suit

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — A Delaware man accidently shot by a Virginia officer who was trying to serve a warrant will get $200,000 from the city.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city of Chesapeake agreed this week to pay Michael Lee Smith to settle a lawsuit stemming from the 2014 shooting, which prosecutors deemed to be an accident.

City Attorney Jan Proctor says the settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing. Proctor said the officer still works for the department.

Smith’s attorney declined to comment to the newspaper.

The officer was trying to arrest Smith on a fugitive warrant when he accidently fired his gun as he got out of a car in Portsmouth.

A prosecutor declined to file charges against the officer and said there was no evidence to support gross negligence.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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