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Motorist Shot by S.C. Trooper Gets Nearly $300,000 Settlement

February 03, 2015  | 

A Columbia, S.C., motorist shot late last summer by an ex-Highway Patrol trooper in a confrontation that drew national attention has received a nearly $300,000 settlement from South Carolina, reports The State.

Levar Edward Jones was paid $285,000 through South Carolina's Insurance Reserve Fund, Scott Hawkins, spokesman for the fund said Tuesday. The settlement was reached Oct. 3, within a month of the Sept. 4 incident when a trooper fired shots at Jones after the officer pulled Jones over for not wearing a seat belt.

Jones, 35, who was unarmed, sustained a bullet wound to his hip. The trooper, 31, was uninjured.

The trooper was fired by the Highway Patrol shortly afterward for misreading that Jones was a threat, using too much force for too long and violating several patrol agency policies, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety, the patrol's parent agency.

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kevCopAz @ 2/3/2015 6:06 PM

A fair result, This man was shot without cause and deserves to be compensated. Unlike most of the cases where PD Departments and Officers are sued for frivolous reasons, this was valid. Sad that the officer over reacted, this job is not meant for everyone. Thank God that no one was killed during the incidnet. If this had been an "A.D." perhaps the officer's career could have been saved, but under these circumstances I applade the South carolina State Police for how the incident was handled.

Chief Richard @ 2/3/2015 7:41 PM

After watching the video over and over for an hour, it's my opinion that he acted improperly, the shooting was totally unjustified and the outcome was totally justified. Even though the motorist acted quickly he was following the troopers instructions. Better communications from both persons would have prevented this shooting.

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