City Council to consider $45,000 settlement in fatal police shooting

11/24/2013 12:43 PM

11/24/2013 12:43 PM

The family of a man shot to death by Wichita police in 2010 will get $45,000 if the City Council signs off on the settlement Tuesday.

Jerome Dixon was killed in November 2010 when he came to the door as officers responded to a noise complaint. In a lawsuit, Lakeda Dixon says that officers responding to the complaint used excessive force when they fatally shot Dixon in their doorway in front of his two young children.

The legal action also claims that Lakeda Dixon and her two children were unlawfully detained by police during the incident.

The lawsuit says that Jerome Dixon didn’t know the officers were present, “posed no immediate threat” to the officers and was holding a handgun pointed downward as he was trying to remove the gun from the home to keep it safely away from his children.

The district attorney’s office found that Dixon’s shooting was justified and that Dixon pointed the gun directly at an officer after being ordered to drop the weapon.

As with all city legal settlements, the settlement is being offered “due to the uncertainty and risk” of losing the case at trial, according to city documents. The same documents indicate that the settlement is not an admission of liability on the part of the city.

The settlement will be paid from the city’s self-insurance fund, through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

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