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City of Buffalo will pay $4.5 million settlement to man shot by police

Posted at 5:55 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 17:55:25-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The City of Buffalo has agreed to pay millions of dollars to a man who was shot by police back in 2012.

The Buffalo Common Council approved the $4.5 million settlement to Wilson Morales during a meeting on Tuesday.

On June 24, 2012, police said Morales led them on a high-speed chase at 3 a.m. on the East Side that ended in two officers, Karl Schultz and Jason Whitenight, firing shots into the van driven by Morales.

According to Morales' attorneys, the shooting left left him with permanent pain, depression and paralysis. In a statement, they say the settlement will provide therapy, home modifications, transportation and new opportunities in life.

“I am grateful for the chance to move on from this and hope this settlement makes it less likely that a similar tragedy will happen to someone else.” Morales said.