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Family reaches settlement with City of Pueblo over police shooting deemed justified

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Attorneys representing a Pueblo man shot and killed by officers in February 2017 have reached a settlement for $600,000 with the City of Pueblo. The settlement still needs the approval of the Pueblo Probate Court. 

Back in August 2017, prosecutors said Pueblo PD Officer Robinson was justified in shooting Byrd as the officer thought his life was in danger when he shot a suspect he thought was reaching for a gun inside a car.

"Pueblo has maintained throughout this process that it wanted to address the tragic loss of Andrew Byrd as an opportunity for reflection, change, and healing for the people of Pueblo. Mr. Byrd’s family have expressed that while a legal settlement cannot ever bring back their loved one, they are comforted and encouraged by the City’s willingness to move forward with a renewed commitment to safety and preservation of human life," says a release from the the law office of Rathod Mohamedbhai, a civil rights attorney based in Denver.

In response to the settlement, a release from Pueblo PD states, "The Pueblo Police Department remains committed to providing the community with the best possible service it can provide. The Department has, and remains dedicated to, keeping the most up-to-date policies available. The Department trains to a very high level and is committed to continuing that effort wherever possible."

Last November, Pueblo Police released dashcam and body cam video of the incident in February 2017. Since that release, the police department has removed the video from Youtube. However, the same video remains online from another account. The link was shared by the law firm representing the family.

A warning - some viewers may find the video disturbing.

The video shows multiple officers trying to pull over 35-year-old Andrew Byrd. The video shows an officer followed the Toyota until it stopped behind a parked semi, then tried to avoid another officer and crashed into the large truck.

Officer Neal Robinson got out of his patrol unit to order Byrd to stop the car. However, Byrd tries to back out, hitting the car of the officer who first responded to the call.

Byrd refused orders to "turn the car off". Byrd then tried again to drive down the street, away from police, when Officer Robinson fired his pistol once through the driver's window, killing Byrd. The other responding officer fired her gun, but it did not hit Byrd.

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