State to pay $950K to family of man fatally shot by trooper

(Image: Shutterstock)

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.

Bob Reardon, a New London attorney for the family of Robert Bergeson, says the settlement of the wrongful death lawsuit was finalized Thursday in federal court.

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.

Related Content: Prosecutor: Trooper justified in shooting

Prosecutors cleared Hawes in the shooting.

Reardon says experts his firm hired concluded Bergeson wasn’t a threat to the troopers.
Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.