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Los Angeles County Pays $850,000 in Shooting Death of Suspect

The County of Los Angeles agreed to settle for $850,000 a lawsuit that alleged police used excessive force in killing a man after a pursuit. The County denies that police acted improperly, but entered into the settlement to avoid the cost of further litigation and a possible jury verdict greater than the settlement.

When Sheriff’s deputies saw a car being driven recklessly on June 13, 2006, they tried to stop the vehicle. The driver, Carl Williams, refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued. As he came out of an alley, Williams intentionally collided with a stationary patrol car.

Williams, according to police, put his vehicle into reverse and drove directly toward the deputy sheriffs, who had exited their vehicle. They say Williams then drove forward and then again reversed to hit them. Once again, they discharge their weapons.

The incident resulted in Williams being shot several times, and he was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. His mother, Lucy Logan, sued, alleging the initial collision was the fault of police and that Williams did not try to run over anyone. She also claimed the number of shots was excessive. Accident reconstruction experts disagreed whether the physical evidence of the collisions was consistent with the Deputies’ reports of the incident.

In July 2008, the County Board approved the settlement recommended by the Sheriff’s Risk Management Bureau. See: Logan v. County of Los Angeles, LA Super. Ct., No. BC 361641.

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