Springfield to pay $250,000 to family of man shot by officer
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - The city of Springfield has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of a man police fatally shot in February.
The Springfield News-Leader reports an application for approval of the settlement was filed Thursday in Greene County Circuit Court.
Under the proposal, the city, Springfield police and former officer Andrew Bath will not be held liable in connection with the death of Michael Ireland "in exchange for a one-time payment of $250,000."
Greene County Prosecutor Dan Patterson has determined that Bath was justified in his shooting of Ireland, who was unarmed.
Of the money, about $82,000 will go to Ireland's mother, more than $75,000 will go to his father and the rest, about $92,000, will go to lawyers.
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