- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

SPRINGIFELD, Mo. (AP) - The city of Springfield has agreed to pay $700,000 to an unarmed panhandler who was shot in the back by a police officer while he was running away from a Wal-Mart.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (https://sgfnow.co/1CHEItp ) the city announced the settlement amount to Eric Butts on Thursday. He suffered severe internal injuries on May 9. His attorney says his medical bills have totaled more than $216,000.

Officer Jason Shuck says he got his gun and Taser mixed up. He was sentenced Wednesday to two years of unsupervised probation and has agreed to never again work a job where he would carry a firearm.

The city says the payment will be made from its general fund reserves because Butts was shot before its officers were covered by liability insurance.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com

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