- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BASTROP, Texas (AP) - Bastrop County has agreed to pay more than $1 million to the family of a woman who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy last year.

County officials and lawyers for Yvette Smith’s family negotiated the settlement last week to end a civil lawsuit. The award is believed to be the largest in the county’s history.

Deputy Daniel Willis faces a murder charge after authorities say he shot and killed Smith on her front porch in February 2014.

The sheriff’s office initially said Willis shot Smith after she ignored a command to drop her firearm. It later said it couldn’t confirm that Smith had any weapon. Willis was fired after being indicted on the murder charge.

A message seeking comment from Willis’ attorney was left by the Austin American-Statesman.

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