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Sonoma County Agrees to Pay $3 Million to Family of 13-Year-Old Killed by Deputy

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    Settlement Reached in the Deputy Shooting Case of Andy Lopez

    Sheriff Robert Giordano from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday a settlement has been reached in the deputy involved shooting of Andy Lopez. Lopez was shot eight times in 2013 when a deputy mistook a pellet gun for an assault rifle.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018)

    Sonoma County will pay $3 million to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by the family of a California teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy while holding a pellet gun.

    The settlement was approved unanimously Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors, bringing to a close a lawsuit filed in November 2013 by the family of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.

    Lopez was fatally shot by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy Erick Gelhaus, who saw Lopez carrying what appeared to be an AK-47 but was actually a plastic pellet gun made to look like an assault rifle.

    Sonoma County Sheriff Robert Giordano offered condolences to the Lopez family. He noted that Gelhaus was cleared of criminal wrongdoing but officials agreed the settlement was the best solution.

    Sonoma Co. Sheriff Settles Suit by Andy Lopez's Family

    [BAY] Sonoma Co. Sheriff Settles Suit by Andy Lopez's Family

    The County of Sonoma and the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in 2013.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018)
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