- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - San Bernardino County will pay $5 million to a man left paralyzed after being shot by a sheriff’s deputy following a high-speed chase.

The Sun newspaper reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1LonPFT ) that the county decided to settle a federal lawsuit by 33-year-old Lorenzo Gomez, Jr., even though prosecutors found the shooting legally justified. The settlement is not an admission of guilt.

The suit alleged excessive force, denial of medical care, battery and negligence.

The case stemmed from an Aug. 2011, chase in Highland in which Gomez ran into an occupied apartment and was shot in the face by a deputy.

At trial, a jury acquitted Gomez of three assault charges, but convicted him on a charge of evading police. He is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 6.

The money will go toward his medical care.


Information from: The Sun, https://www.sbsun.com

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