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City reaches settlement with accidental gunshot victim

Posted at 9:56 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 23:20:54-05

It's the latest in a case of mistaken identity.

The Corpus Christi City Council agreed to settle a multimillion dollar lawsuit for a fraction of the price. The amount will pay for medical expenses.

It involved a man accidentally shot by police.

Following an executive session, the city council voted Tuesday to authorize the city manager to file documents to settle the case filed by Richard Salazar and his attorney, Rene Rodriguez.

The city will pay $428,358.39.

According to reports, Salazar is set to receive $2.9 million, the bulk of that be paid by the city's insurer.

"The City of Corpus Christi has a $500,000 limit on what they pay. over and above that it goes to the insurance carrier," said District 4 Councilman Greg Smith.

That object turned out to be a cigarette lighter Salazar was holding in his hand.

He suffered three gunshot wounds: one to his hand, on the side of his chest and one to his stomach.

On March 26, 2019, police officers were on the west side of Corpus Christi following a report of a robbery at the Hi-Ho Convenience Store at the 3900 block of Baldwin Boulevard.

Senior Officer Gilbert Cantu and officer Jacqueline DeLeon were looking for the robbery suspects when they encountered Richard "Richie" Salazar outside of his home on the 200 block of Torreon Street.

During a March 27, 2019, interview with KRIS 6 News, Police Chief Michael Markle said the Cantu and Deleon believed Salazar matched the description of one of the robbery suspects, and as they approached, Salazar was hiding his hands.

Officers asked Salazar to show his hands, but he didn’t immediately comply. That's when he was shot.

KRIS 6 News did reach out to his attorney for comment, but were unable to reach him.