Springfield pays shot panhandler
SPRINGIFELD (AP) - The city of Springfield has agreed to pay $700,000 to an unarmed panhandler who was shot in the back by a police officer while he was running away from a Wal-Mart.
The Springfield News-Leader reports the city announced the settlement amount to Eric Butts on Thursday. He suffered severe internal injuries on May 9. His attorney says his medical bills have totaled more than $216,000.
Officer Jason Shuck says he got his gun and Taser mixed up. He was sentenced Wednesday to two years of unsupervised probation and has agreed to never again work a job where he would carry a firearm.
The city says the payment will be made from its general fund reserves because Butts was shot before its officers were covered by liability insurance.