The Latest: Little Rock settles lawsuit over police shooting

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Posted: May 06, 2016 6:54 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of a black man fatally shot in 2010 after two off-duty Little Rock police officers entered his home without a warrant (all times local):

4 p.m.

An attorney for the family of a black man fatally shot by Little Rock police in 2010 says the roughly $1.5 million settlement in the family's lawsuit marks the largest settlement in the city's history for a police shooting.

The city agreed Friday to pay the family of Eugene Ellison $900,000 and formally apologize. Attorney Mike Laux says that brings the total settlement in the family's lawsuit to about $1.5 million, when added to the agreement reached in April with the apartment complex where the shooting occurred.

Laux says that's the largest settlement in Little Rock history for such a case, and likely the state.

Laux says the apology from the city is more important to Ellison's sons, one of whom is a Little Rock police lieutenant and another who is a former Little Rock police officer.

Ellison was shot after the two off-duty officers who were working security at the building entered Ellison's apartment without a warrant. The lawsuit alleged that one of the officers improperly used deadly force by shooting Ellison following an argument and scuffle.

Neither of the officers, who are both white, was criminally charged. Both remain on the Little Rock police force.

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This item has been corrected to reflect a revised statement from the Ellison family's attorney, who says the settlement total is about $1.5 million and the largest in at least city history.

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12:45 p.m.

Little Rock has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a 67-year-old black man who was fatally shot in 2010 after two off-duty police officers entered his apartment without a warrant.

City Attorney Tom Carpenter told The Associated Press the city settled the lawsuit Friday. Trial was set to begin Monday.

Eugene Ellison died Dec. 9, 2010. His family, including a son who is currently a Little Rock police officer, filed a lawsuit alleging that officers Donna Lesher and Tabitha McCrillis, who are both white, unlawfully entered his home, and that Lesher improperly used deadly force.

Carpenter says the settlement includes about $900,000, a memorial bench and an apology letter that doesn't admit liability.

An attorney for Ellison's family didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.