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Paralyzed California man settles police shooting lawsuit

March 21, 2019

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Three California police departments have reached a settlement with a man who was paralyzed after being shot by officers.

The Fresno Bee reported Tuesday that 19-year-old Adonis Serna has reached a $2.5 million settlement over injuries sustained when he was shot in Woodlake in 2017.

The May 2018 lawsuit accuses three detectives from Tulare County, Exeter and Woodlake of excessive force, assault and battery negligence.

Serna’s attorney says he was shot five times in the back and is now paralyzed from the chest down.

The attorney says felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on police officers and possession of a stolen vehicle will be dismissed, but Serna will serve probation for misdemeanor charges.

The paper reports that representatives from the municipalities could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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