NYC To Pay $2M To Family Of Mentally Ill Woman Fatally Shot By Cop

December 14, 2018 - 10:26 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- The city has agreed to pay $2 million to the family of Deborah Danner.

The 66-year-old mentally ill woman was shot and killed during a confrontation with police in her home in the Bronx two years ago.

Danner, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was brandishing a bat when NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry shot her. 

Barry said he fired because he feared for his life.

Officers had been called to Danner's home several times before. Her shooting sparked protests and a rebuke from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Barry was later indicted and found not guilty of murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges.

The defense argued Barry made a split second decision to protect himself. Prosecutors say he failed to follow his training.

He remains on modified duty and is awaiting a departmental disciplinary hearing.

The city's Law Department announced the settlement on Thursday, saying the "agreement is a fair resolution of a tragic case.''

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