Skip to main content
Publish date:

Carlton County reaches $6.2M settlement with man who was shot by deputies

The man suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in quadriplegia.

Carlton County has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a man who was shot by law enforcement, paralyzing him, last year. 

Shawn Michael Olthoff, 35, of Moose Lake, filed a $35 million lawsuit in April, claiming sheriff's deputies violated his civil liberties when Carlton County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jason Warnygora shot him while they executed a search warrant at his home, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

At about 4:30 p.m. on July 29, 2019, the Carlton County Consolidated Emergency Response Team went to Olthoff's home at the Hillside Terraces Mobile Home Park in Moose Lake to serve a warrant, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said last year. Law enforcement used a flashbang and entered the home. At one point, Warnygora, whose been with the sheriff's office for more than 14 years, shot Olthoff. 

Olthoff, who had recently been released from prison, suffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in quadriplegia, the county said in a news release. Months after the shooting, the Carlton County attorney ruled Warnygora's actions were justified because he believed he and other officers were facing a deadly threat. 

"The shooting took place under rapidly occurring and dynamic circumstances in which the shooting officer reasonably believed officers were taking fire from an individual who had reportedly pointed a firearm at a law enforcement officer just two days prior," the release said. 

Olthoff filed a federal lawsuit in April, seeking $25 million for physical injuries and pain and suffering, as well as $10 million in punitive damages against Warnygora personally, the Duluth News Tribune said. The lawsuit alleged Warnygora admitted he had two beers before receiving a page to respond to the scene.

Follow Bring Me The News on News Break

Carlton County on Wednesday said it agreed to a settlement of all claims Olthoff asserted against the county in connection to the shooting, a news release says. The settlement totals $6.2 million, with the county paying $4.2 million and the Minnesota Counties Intergovernmental Trust paying $2 million – a portion of the money will be placed into a trust for Olthoff's future medical needs. 

The county says this settlement, which does not assume fault by any of the named parties, resolves all civil litigation related to the shooting and allows everyone involved to avoid what could have been a years-long litigation process, as well as exposing taxpayers to a potential verdict that could be "significantly higher than the settlement." 

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Kirill Kaprizov's slow start is a thing of the past

A potential sophomore slump has been erased with a three-point night against the Devils..

mpd aldi incident screengrab

Video shows MPD officer grab, throw Aldi customer

The department says the matter was referred to the Office of Police Conduct Review.

US Sec Defense Flickr - Joe Bide Nov 11 2021

Biden lays out wintertime plan to curb COVID's spread

It comes as the U.S. reported its second case of the omicron variant.

Willow River DOC

MN Dept. of Corrections offering $5K bonuses as it seeks to hire 200

The DOC is offering hiring bonuses for new employees and for referrals.

covid

3rd federal medical team to join COVID-19 fight in Minnesota

There are more than 1,500 people with COVID-19 admitted to Minnesota hospitals.

hospital, emergency room

Driver killed after other motorist crosses into opposite lane

The head-on crash occurred early Thursday, just north of the Twin Cities.

shot clock

MSHSL approves shot clock for Minnesota varsity basketball

Shot clocks will be required at all varsity games beginning in 2023-24.

Related

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Sheriff's deputy shoots, injures man following pursuit in Duluth

The man who was shot was on an ATV with another man, who wasn't injured.

Chaos in Hubbard County: 3 dead, deputy shot during chase

The suspect and two victims were killed in the incident.

ambulance

Passenger ejected, killed after truck hits tree in Carlton County

The crash occurred on the 200 block of Thomson Road early Monday morning.

Christian Brown (left) and Byron Jackson (right)

Charges: Hutchinson man shot man in the head while trying to buy cocaine

The other suspect is accused of punching a man to the ground, breaking his arm and dislocating his shoulder.

red lake county sheriff's office

1 shot in the head in Red Lake County, 1 arrested

The victim is in critical condition at the hospital.

Blaine police

Charges: Man yelled obscenities, fired shots at officers during standoff

The incident in Blaine ended when a sheriff's deputy shot the suspect.

Blaine police

Deputy shoots man after multiple shots fired during Blaine standoff

Police were dispatched to the neighborhood around 10:15 p.m. Monday.

court gavel

Charges: Minneapolis man fatally shot his unborn child's mom

The suspect has not been arrested; the baby has survived but is in critical condition.