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Verdict is $800K in police shooting death

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia Beach jury has found two police officers responsible for gross negligence in the 2015 shooting death of a Virginia woman.

The jury deciding the lawsuit filed by India Kager’s family cleared two other Virginia Beach police officers in the same shooting, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Jurors recommended Kager’s estate receive $800,000.

Kager was killed when SWAT officers tried to arrest Angelo Perry, a suspect in four violent crimes who was in her car. Perry had fired at police, who responded with 30 shots. Both Kager and Perry were killed, while their 4-month-old child remained unharmed in the backseat. No officers were injured.

All four officers named in the lawsuit are still on the force. None were criminally charged in the shooting.

The defense filed a post-trial motion arguing plaintiffs never met the necessary burden of proof.

Before trial, the city offered $750,000 to settle, the paper reported. The plaintiffs rejected the offer and demanded $1.5 million, the city said.

Defense attorney Christopher Boynton called the decision by the jury, made up of four women and three men, a “compromise verdict.” They first told the court they could not reach a unanimous decision.

Kager’s family was represented by Edward Brady, Kevin Martingayle and John Fishel.

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