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West Virginia officer fired after refusing to shoot man with gun settles lawsuit for $175,000

A West Virginia police officer who was fired after he refused to shoot a man who had a gun has settled a wrongful termination lawsuit for $175,000.

The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia announced the city of Weirton settled the lawsuit with Mader on Monday for $175,000. The incident began when Mader responded to a call from Williams’ girlfriend that he was threatening to hurt himself with a knife.

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Fired officer who refused to shoot suspect gets $175,000 settlement

A West Virginia police officer who was fired after he refused to shoot a man who had a gun has settled a lawsuit for $175,000.

The lawsuit cited the state constitution, which prohibits a police officer from using deadly force unless the officer has reason to believe the target of such force poses an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officer or others. According to the lawsuit, Mader responded to a call from Williams' girlfriend that he was threatening to hurt himself with a knife.



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