City of Santa Fe settles wrongful death lawsuit
July 17, 2018 07:13 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. - The City of Santa Fe has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for more than $200,000 dollars.
The settlement comes more than five years after a Santa Fe Police officer shot a neighborhood caretaker.
The city agreed to pay the family of 78-year-old Robert Dominquez $212,000.
Dominguez died in January 2014 from what his family members say was complications from three gunshot wounds.
In March 2013, officer Charles Laramie shot Dominquez as both of them responded to a burglary alarm.
Dominguez, a former Santa Fe Police officer and Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy, would keep an eye on his neighbor’s houses while they were out of town.
Cammie Nichols, the attorney representing Dominquez’s family and estate, is happy with the settlement.
“That’s a fair settlement and represents the indication that the city did take this seriously,” she said. “They realized that there was some issue with the manner in which the police officer approached the house and the manner in which the police officer conducted himself during the meeting with Mr. Dominguez.”
Nichols says the settlement was reached last fall, but there were legal issues about who the money would go to.
For now, the money is going into a trust until more legal issues over Dominquez’s medical bills can be cleared up.
Dominquez’s estate is still suing the alarm company, alleging it didn’t tell the police Dominquez would also be responding the burglary call.
Created: July 17, 2018 07:13 PM
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