- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) - California has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle an excessive-force lawsuit filed by a man who was shot by Highway Patrol officers at the end of a pursuit.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bayareane.ws/16fbKpd ) that the state offered the settlement Tuesday, the first day of trial.

The officer testified that in 2012, James Henry Ligon Jr. stepped out of his car and charged directly at him, shouting threats.

Ligon’s lawyers said Officer Joe Lafauci’s account did not match the physical evidence in the case. Ligon was shot four times in the back.

The state Attorney General’s Office, which defended Lafauci, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Ligon says he feels justice has been served.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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