- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - City officials in Columbus have approved a $237,000 settlement with a man who was shot by a city police officer in 2013.

City council voted unanimously on Monday night to approve the settlement with James Barber, who was shot during an encounter with police at a hotel while staying in the city for a contracting job.

Barber says in the lawsuit that he was helping a co-worker who was threatening to kill himself. He says a pair of officers yelled “freeze” and as he turned around, Officer Bobby Schoolcraft noticed a silver object in his hands and shot him in the shoulder.

The Columbus Dispatch reports City Attorney Richard Pfeiffer Jr. recommended council approve the settlement and says Barber was just trying to help his friend.

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