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Lafayette Pays Settlement Ending Police Shooting Lawsuit

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Shane Damond Shane Damond


UPDATE 9/27/12

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette city-parish government paid $163,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by the three children of a man who was shot and killed by a police officer responding to a report of a stolen vehicle in 2008.

City-parish government paid $54,500 to each of the three children of 37-year-old Shane Damond, who was fatally shot by Officer Michael Milazzo in July 2008. That's according to settlement documents released this week in response to a public records request.

City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert declined to comment.

The agreement also prohibits the children or their attorney from discussing the settlement or to even acknowledge its existence.

A grand jury reviewed the officer's actions and cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing.

State police have officially released the name of the car theft suspect shot to death by a Lafayette police officer this weekend.

Police say 37 year old Shane Damond of Lafayette was spotted in a stolen car at a gas station on Louisiana Avenue early Saturday morning.

Officals tell us when Police officer Michael Milazzo confronted Damond, the suspect attempted to drive away and struck the officer with his vehicle, forcing officer Milazzo to open fire.

Damond was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Police Officer Milazzo was treated for minor injuries. As is standard in police shootings, the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave, and State Police have taken over the investigation.

Gunshots rang out early Saturday morning at a local convenience store when a Lafayette Police officer was involved in the fatal shooting of a Lafayette man.

The incident happened at the Circle K, at the intersection of Mudd and Louisiana Avenues.

Police are not yet releasing many details of that shooting other than the basic facts, but what we do know is that a 37 year old Lafayette man is dead, killed from an officer's bullets.

Police say the suspect was in a stolen vehicle at the Circle K gas station around 1:30 Saturday morning.  When an officer confronted the suspect, the suspect then attempted to drive away, initiating the gunfire.

Cpl. Paul Mouton of the Lafayette Police Department says "He (the officer) parked his vehicle and attempted to approach the suspect. At which time suspect began backing away with officer hinged on door. The officer was able to get his side-arm and fire at suspect, and vehicle was brought to a halt."

Police say the suspect died a short time later. Police also say the officer involved was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released for minor injuries. The officer, as standard procedure in police shootings, will be placed on administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation.

The investigation has been handed over to the Louisiana State Police, which is the policy of the Lafayette Police Department. We are told the officer who fired the shots is a four year veteran of law enforcement.

Jason Newton 


A Hub City Police Officer was involved in a shooting early Saturday morning.

Corporal Paul Mouton tells TV 10 -around 1:30 Saturday morning, a Lafayette Police Officer was patrolling the area of Mudd Avenue and Louisiana Avenue.

While patrolling the area the officer saw a car that had been reported stolen earlier in the week.

The officer then attempted to bring the suspect into custody, it was at that time the suspect began backing up his car dragging the officer.

The officer fired four shots hitting the suspect and bringing the car to a halt.

The suspect, a 37 year old resident of Lafayette, was brought to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The officer was treated and released.


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