- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is paying $500,000 to resolve a suit over a fatal off-duty shooting by a police lieutenant who was acquitted of manslaughter and cleared of disciplinary charges in the death. He said he acted in self-defense.

The Daily News (https://nydn.us/1LJA4Du ) reported Monday on the settlement.

Lt. Shamik Walton and tenant Byron Hearst got into an argument in May 2005 over back rent at a Brooklyn building that Walton owned.

Prosecutors said Walton overreacted and fired. Walton said Hearst tried to grab his gun and made him fear for his life.

The city Law Department says settling the suit was in the city’s best interest. Scott Rynecki, a lawyer for Hearst’s family, calls the shooting reckless and says it could have been avoided if Walton had been trained properly.


Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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