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Bernalillo County sheriff settles lawsuit over man’s death

February 21, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bernalillo County sheriff’s documents show the department has paid $1.5 million to the family of an 88-year-old Albuquerque man who died after a confrontation with deputies.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday that documents obtained through a public records request show the sheriff’s office agreed to a one-time payment to Fidencio Duran’s family in a lawsuit settled last year.

Duran was carrying a knife in his neighborhood the day after his wife’s September 2015 death when he came into contact with deputies.

Deputies fired 60 pepper balls at Duran, and he suffered broken bones after deputies’ K-9 knocked him down.

He later died from pneumonia resulting from his injuries.

His family’s attorney says they also are considering litigation against the pepper ball gun manufacturer.

A sheriff’s spokeswoman declined comment on the settlement.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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