Family of man slain in Amarillo settles for $760K

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Associated Press

Posted on November 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Relatives of a Texas man fatally shot by police while allegedly driving toward officers during a downtown Amarillo brawl will get a $760,000 settlement.

The family of 24-year-old Claudio Trujillo of Amarillo filed a $10 million civil rights lawsuit following the January 2011 gunfire. Attorneys for the city of Amarillo and police had argued public safety was at stake.

The parties did not admit wrongdoing in the financial settlement approved Tuesday by a federal judge in Amarillo. City officials must also write a condolence letter to the Trujillo family.

The lawsuit accused police of gross negligence, excessive force and failure to properly train officers. Relatives say police fired more than 40 shots at Trujillo's vehicle.

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