AUSTIN (AP) — A former Austin police officer will receive a payout from the city as part of a settlement stemming from the officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed, naked teenager early this year.READ MORE: Store Clerk Delon Johnson Arrested For Murder After Shooting Men Who Robbed Business, Police Say
KVUE-TV reports former officer Geoffrey Freeman will receive $35,000 under the terms of the settlement, and the police department will not be obligated to rehire Freeman, who had appealed his March firing.READ MORE: Mexican Government Takes Aim At US Gun Manufacturers, Sues Over Toll Of Arms Trafficking
Freeman had responded Feb. 8 to reports of a naked man disturbing neighbors and running in the street. Seventeen-year-old David Joseph sprinted toward Freeman when he exited his patrol car. Freeman has said he feared for his life when he fired at the teen.
Police officials have said Freeman overreacted but a Travis County grand jury declined to indict him.MORE NEWS: Dallas Police Trying To ID Lumber Thief Caught On Tape At Construction Site
A federal lawsuit filed by the teen’s family is pending.