NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The state has agreed to pay a $950,000 settlement to the family of a Connecticut man who was fatally shot by a state trooper in 2013.
Authorities say police responded to the 60-year-old Salem man’s home after he set it on fire.
Authorities say Troopers Kristin Coit and Patrick Hawes found Bergeson in a field behind the house waving a stick. They say Hawes shot Bergeson after he failed to comply with orders to lie down and lunged at them with the stick.
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Prosecutors cleared Hawes in the shooting.
Reardon says experts his firm hired concluded Bergeson wasn’t a threat to the troopers.
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