Kentucky county reaches $3.5M settlement after shooting

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Posted: Dec 08, 2016 12:59 PM

BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky county has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement with the family and passengers of a teenager who was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy as she tried to drive away from a large party.

Plaintiffs' attorney Al Gerhardstein announced the settlement Wednesday between the family and Boone County.

Nineteen-year-old Samantha Ramsey's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit last year after she was shot by Deputy Tyler Brockman in April 2014.

Brockman said Ramsey didn't stop as she left the party and then hit him with her car, throwing him onto the hood.

Brockman said he feared for his life and fired into the windshield, killing Ramsey. Her three passengers were then held at gunpoint.

News outlets say toxicology reports indicated Ramsey had alcohol and marijuana in her system.

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This article has been corrected to show that Deputy Tyler Brockman said he feared for his life, not Samantha Ramsey.