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Lubbock City Council Approves Settlement With Elderly Man Shot by Lubbock Police Officer

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The Lubbock City Council has approved a settlement involving a 90-year-old man and a Lubbock Police officer.

The Council voted 6-0 to authorize the mayor to execute the settlement agreement out of court, between Willie Williams vs. the City of Lubbock and police officer Curtis Fish.

Around 2 a.m. on September 25th, Lubbock police responded to a report of a breaking and entering into an apartment at the Parkridge Place Apartments, located at 5301 51st Street. While officers were attempting to clear a broken window at an apartment, Williams reportedly thought that someone was breaking into his apartment, and he and Officer Fish exchanged fire.

The court documents show disagreement between the two on who fired first, but do illustrate that Williams fired two rounds from his shotgun, and Fish fired six rounds from his service weapon. One of the rounds truck Williams, and he was taken into police custody.

Documents also allege that Williams’ wrists were injured by the handcuffs used during his apprehension, though Fish was not involved in that aspect of his arrest. Williams was also restrained to his hospital bed by police for several hours following his arrest.

The City of Lubbock will pay Williams a $76,000 settlement to completely settle the case against the City, the Lubbock Police Department, and Curtis Fish.

District 2 Councilman Floyd Price was absent.

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