Estate of Oklahoma man fatally shot gets $175,000 in lawsuit
The Associated Press - October 24, 2017 10:53 am
NOWATA, Okla. (AP) – Court records show the estate of a man who was fatally shot in 2014 by an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper has settled a lawsuit out of federal court for $175,000.
The Tulsa World reports Joshua Stand was shot by trooper Jerrod Martin after authorities received a call about a man walking in street with a weapon.
The civil rights lawsuit filed in 2016 alleged that Martin used “objectively unreasonable and excessive deadly force.” It also alleged Stand had a closed pocketknife and “posed no immediate threat of serious harm to anyone.”
The state Attorney General’s Office argued that Stand was “known to be unstable and violent” and had waved a knife in a threatening manner at Martin.
The lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff. Neither side admitted fault.