- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City is settling an excessive-force lawsuit that was filed by a man shot and injured by a police officer in 2014.

Marquis Pegues, 31, has accepted a $50,000 settlement from Oklahoma City that will go to his mother as Pegues’ guardian, according to his attorney, Mark Hammons. Pegues was shot three times, leaving him a paraplegic, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/2gRJJuo ) reported.

Authorities said Pegues, who is mentally ill, was shot by the police officer inside a laundromat on June 12, 2014. Pegues initially complied with officer David Jehle, but after a physical altercation between the two the officer shot at the man.

Police initially received reports of a man swinging a knife just south of the laundromat. Witnesses said Pegues got rid of the weapon before running into the laundromat where the altercation occurred.

Pegues’ federal lawsuit alleged that Jehle didn’t receive adequate training in dealing with people with mental illness in a nonaggressive manner.

Hammons noted that his client suffers from schizophrenia.

“He was feeling intense physical pain. He was not completely oriented or rational,” Hammons said. “He was in an area with a number of people, had a knife out, was not threatening people with the knife but was swinging it around.”

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said Jehle did nothing wrong. The Oklahoma County district attorney found the shooting to be justified. Citty argued that Jehle used the gun because he felt his life was threatened. The officer has not faced any discipline following the investigation.

The Oklahoma City Police Department agreed to expand training for how to deal with people with disabilities as part of the settlement.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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