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Flagstaff agrees to settle police shooting lawsuit

Flagstaff agrees to settle police shooting lawsuit

CREATED Nov 17, 2012

Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Flagstaff has agreed to a $225,000 settlement for the family of a 78-year-old man killed by police as he held his son at bay with a shotgun.

Kenneth Mitchell was holding the gun to his son's head after the son had assaulted his mother with a knife in August 2010 Officer Roy Taylor opened fire, thinking he was stopping an execution.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/UMcQBH ) city officials said Friday they agreed to settle at request of their insurance carrier. They reiterated their support for the officer's decision to use lethal force.

The city will pay $50,000 toward attorney costs and insurance will cover the settlement. The family filed a $5 million lawsuit in March 2011.

The 33-year-old son was sentenced to three years' probation for attempted assault.

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