The City of Brooklyn Park will pay out almost $3 million to a man shot on Valentine's Day last year by a police officer.
The Associated Press reports that a settlement agreed on Wednesday will see the City pay $2.85 million to Shoua Yang, who was shot three times by Officer Jason Chadbourne outside a restaurant.
Yang was acquitted after being initially charged with second-degree felony assault, AP notes.
According to FOX 9, this acquittal was a "springboard" for a civil lawsuit served by Yang, who was shot in an incident outside the Buasavanh Restaurant and Banquet Hall on Feb. 14, 2014.
The criminal charges said that Brooklyn Park officers saw three men run into a car outside the restaurant, and yelled at them to stop. The driver is then said to have reversed the car toward Chadbourne at "high speed," at which point he fired several times.
But FOX 9 points out that in the lawsuit, Yang said he never knew the police were in the parking lot on what was a dark and snowy night. It was also claimed that Chadbourne had shut the squad car's dash camera and his microphone off at one point, turning it back on later.
MPR reports that Yang was hit by three of the six bullets fired by Chadbourne, with two of them grazing him and the third hitting him in the kidney, which was later removed.
"The City of Brooklyn Park and its insurer ... conducted a full risk analysis of this case and determined that settlement would avoid exposing the city to a potentially large jury verdict and substantial attorneys fees and costs," the City's attorney Jason Hiveley told MPR, adding that the $2.85 million payout is covered by insurance.
He also said Chadbourne is on paid leave pending an employment hearing.