City settles with elderly man after police shooting incident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

City settles with elderly man after police shooting incident

Curtis Fish, image from Facebook Curtis Fish, image from Facebook
Willie Williams, courtesy image from family Willie Williams, courtesy image from family
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock City Council on Thursday morning agreed to settle out-of-court with Willie Williams for $76,000.00.  Williams was 90 years old when police were outside his residence at the Parkridge Place Apartments.  Officers had mistakenly gone to Williams' apartment instead of the one next door as they responded to a burglary call in September 2011. 

Officers had seen suspects go to Apartment A-8.  A judge summarized the events earlier this year, writing in part, "The officers believed both windows belonged to apartment A-8. However, unbeknownst to the officers, the second window was part of the adjacent apartment-Plaintiff's apartment, A-9."

Williams thought someone was breaking in so he grabbed a shotgun.
 
From there court records indicate a disagreement over what happened next.  Williams claims that police fired at him and he returned fire from his kitchen.  Police say it was the other way around with Williams firing first and officer Curtis Fish returning fire. 

Williams recovered from his gunshot wound and filed a lawsuit.  In the meantime grand juries cleared both Williams and Fish of any wrongdoing.
 
Williams claims in his lawsuit that in addition to being shot he was subjected to excessive force after-the-fact.  Fish admitted he shot Williams but claims he could not have applied excessive force because he was not the one who took Williams into custody or to the hospital.  Initially, Williams was handcuffed to a hospital bed.

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