$600k Settlement approved following deadly police shooting

PUEBLO, Colo (KKTV) - The city of Pueblo has agreed to a $600,000 settlement to the family of a man who was shot and killed by police officer in 2017.

A lawsuit was never filed, but the attorney for the man's family told 11 News after meeting with Pueblo police and city officials, they were able to agree on a settlement without having to sue them.

Pueblo police released a statement saying they have a close relationship with the man's family, although did not go into detail about why they decided to settle.

Police body cameras caught the moments leading up to an officer firing at Andrew Byrd in his car after ignoring commands. The video shows Byrd ramming a police cruiser before trying to take off. Byrd was shot and killed by an officer.

The shooting was eventually ruled as justified. The officer who killed Byrd said he felt he was in danger because of his position and that he saw Byrd reach for something.

While the officers were cleared of wrongdoing, the city of Pueblo has agreed to pay the suspect's family $600,000.

11 News is working to learn how much of the settlement will be paid for by taxpayer dollars.