City reaches agreement in police shooting

Friday, June 30th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Broken Arrow-AP) -- The city of Broken Arrow won't have raise property taxes if a federal judge approves a post-trial settlement in a civil case over a 1997 fatal police shooting. So says City Attorney Michael R- Vanderburg.

A federal jury decided in March that Officer John Walls used excessive force against 18-year-old Zachary Nobile.

Vanderburg says the proposed settlement allots $580,000 for attorneys fees and $100,000 for all other liability by the city and its officers. The jury had awarded Nobile's estate more than $140,000 in actual and punitive damages.

The Broken Arrow City Council earlier this month approved the settlement in an executive session. Vanderburg had said earlier that property taxes may have to be raised to cover the judgment.