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Council makes offer to man mistakenly shot by police

Posted at 11:44 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 19:10:43-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The city has reached a final number in settling a lawsuit by a man mistakenly shot by a police officer.

City council went into executive session this afternoon to discuss the $12 million lawsuit filed by Richard Salazar.

He's the man shot multiple times by police officers in March 2019 while they were looking for a robbery suspect.

Today, the city council voted to authorize the city manager to file documents to settle the case.

The amount they agreed on was $428,358.39. That total represents about 3.57 percent of Salazar’s original lawsuit.

Salazar's lawyers now will now have to consider the offer.

The two police officers were looking for robbery suspects last March when they approached Salazar.

The officers said Salazar did not obey their commands.

He had something in his hand that looked like a gun, so they shot him.

As it turns out, Salazar was carrying a cigarette lighter.