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Pueblo to pay $600K to family of man killed by police

July 12, 2018

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — The city of Pueblo has agreed to a $600,000 settlement to the family of a man killed by police last year.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports attorneys announced the settlement Thursday to the family of 33-year-old Andrew Byrd, who was shot and killed by Pueblo officers in February 2017.

Authorities say Byrd backed into a patrol car and then accelerated toward officers, resulting in the officers opening fire. Prosecutors determined the shooting was justified.

In a statement from the family’s attorneys, they say Pueblo Police Chief Troy Davenport and city officials have met with family, “always listening to and respecting the family’s concerns.”

The family says they are encouraged by officials’ willingness to “move forward with a renewed commitment to safety and preservation of human life.”

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, http://www.chieftain.com

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