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Fort Worth reaches $210,000 settlement in accidental shooting by police officer

Family wants answers after police officer was indicted Tuesday

Family of Craigory Adams talks about what they want to see following Courtney Johnson being indicted Tuesday by a Tarrant County grand jury on a charge of aggravated assault by a public servant. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)
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Family of Craigory Adams talks about what they want to see following Courtney Johnson being indicted Tuesday by a Tarrant County grand jury on a charge of aggravated assault by a public servant. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)

Fort Worth has reached a $210,000 settlement in the 2015 accidental police shooting of a mentally challenged man.

The City Council is expected to approve the settlement to Craigory Adams and his attorney, David Patin Jr. for the June 23, 2015, shooting at its regular meeting Tuesday. The request is on the council's consent agenda.

Courtney Johnson was accused of shooting Adams by recklessly handling his shotgun. He was charged with aggravated assault by a public servant, but the jury deadlocked, causing a mistrial. The Tarrant County district attorney's office declined to retry the case, saying doing so would only likely produce the same outcome.

Johnson resigned in March.

He was accused of taking his gun off safety and sliding the pump action back, then forward as it was pointed at Adams when it discharged. Johnson said he thought Adams was holding a knife.

The bullet struck Adams in the arm when he complied with Johnson and dropped to one knee. Adams was holding a barbecue fork, which he took to fend off stray dogs, family members said at the time.

Following the trial, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald fired Johnson, but later reduced the firing to a 65-day suspension. He was allowed to keep his peace officer's license.

Johnson, 35, was given back pay as part of the agreement.

This article contains information from the Star-Telegram archives

Sandra Baker: 817-390-7727, @SandraBakerFWST
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