$4M settlement reached in fatal stairwell shooting by cop

(AP) New York City has reached a more than $4 million settlement with the family of an unarmed man fatally shot by a police officer in a darkened stairwell in November 2014.



The Daily News reports the city is paying $4.1 million and the New York City Housing Authority is contributing $400,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of 28-year-old Akai Gurley.



Former Officer Peter Liang was on patrol when he opened a stairwell door at a public housing building and suddenly fired. The bullet ricocheted and hit Gurley. Liang will pay $25,000 to the mother of Gurley's daughter.



Liang was sentenced to probation and community service in Gurley's death.



A city Law Department spokesman called the settlement a "fair resolution of a tragic matter."



 


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