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City, family reach $2.3 million settlement in Madison police shooting


MADISON, Wisconsin — The city of Madison and the family of a musician a police officer killed have reached a $2.3 million settlement.

Officer Stephen Heimsness shot Paul Heenan in 2012. Heimsness was responding to a call that Heenan had broken into a house.

Heimsness resigned from the police department in 2013. Heenan's family filed a federal lawsuit that same year alleging Heimsness used excessive force and the department failed to properly supervise and fully investigate multiple complaints against him.

Heenan family attorneys announced the settlement Tuesday. They said the family hoped to use the money to engage in the growing conversation about police use-of-force. Heenan was white.

Deputy City Attorney Patricia Lauten says Heimsness followed protocol but the city was concerned the lawsuit could drag on for years and become more expensive.

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