By Associated Press - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee county has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle a lawsuit involving a man fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies.

The Shelby County Commission voted Monday to approve the settlement involving Edmond Studdard, who was fatally shot in 2016, the Commercial Appeal reported. The agreement came five days before a federal civil trial had been set to begin.

His widow argued in a lawsuit that her husband was suicidal and did not post a threat to deputies.

The county argued the case should be dismissed because officers were protected by qualified immunity, which protects police from legal liability unless they violate the law or someone’s constitutional rights. A federal district judge and an appellate court both ruled the case could proceed.

The county filed settlement papers after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the case.

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