City settles for $1.8 million in case against LMPD officer who shot unarmed man
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Louisville has settled the case against an LMPD officer who shot a west Louisville man for $1.8 million.
In the lawsuit, which was filed in February, Bruce Warrick claimed LMPD officer Sarah Stumler “had no basis” to believe Warrick, who was unarmed, posed “any threat of serious bodily injury to any person.”
Stumler shot Warrick in the stomach on March 1, 2017. Warrick survived the shooting but spent several weeks in the hospital.
Police were called to a house near the intersection of 26th and Magazines Streets on a complaint of a man doing drugs outside of an abandoned house. Several officers, including Stumler, arrived at the house and began clearing it to look for suspects.
In body camera video released by LMPD shortly after the shooting, Stumler is seen walking through the house. Video shows she then entered a room with a mattress propped up on the wall, spotted Warrick behind the mattress at which point she shouted “show your hands.” She immediately fired one shot that hit Warrick in the stomach.
The lawsuit said Warrick “did not possess any weapon of any type.”
A Jefferson County grand jury in May declined to indict Stumler on any criminal charges for the March 1, 2017 shooting of an unarmed man in an abandoned house in the Russell neighborhood. At the time, she remained on administrative leave.
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