Lawyers: State to pay $750K to settle trooper shooting suit
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The state has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a New Hampshire woman who was fatally shot by a state trooper in 2013 as she drove toward him.
Police said the shooting of Wendy Lawrence happened at a Manchester intersection after two high-speed pursuits in which she nearly struck a pedestrian and several vehicles.
The attorney general’s office had said Trooper Chad Lavoie, who was out of his cruiser and thought his life was in danger, was justified in shooting Lawrence.
Her family’s federal lawsuit filed in 2014 alleged that Lawrence never struck the cruiser and that Lavoie, in fact, hit her car. It said she posed no immediate threat.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Karen Schlitzer said Monday the case was settled. Lawyers for Lawrence’s family confirmed the amount Friday.