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Lynchburg man shot by police settles lawsuit

LYNCHBURG (AP) A lawsuit filed by a Lynchburg accountant who said he was wrongfully shot by police at his home has been settled.

Attorneys involved in the case confirmed Dec. 11 that the Walker Sigler’s suit against former Lynchburg officers Edward Ferron and Savannah Simmons was settled for an undisclosed amount of money.

Sigler was shot in the leg when the officers showed up at his home in February 2018, according to the lawsuit. He was suing the officers for $12 million.

Lawyers for the officers said in court earlier this year that Ferron and Simmons had reason to believe a crime had been committed inside the home and feared for their safety when they heard Sigler approach the front door, The News & Advance reported. The officers pleaded no contest to criminal charges stemming from the incident. Both were ordered to serve 100 hours of community service as a part of a plea deal.

Ferron and Simmons have both since resigned from the police department, according to news outlets.

Sigler’s lawyers, John E. Lichtenstein and Greg Lyons, said the case was settled following “extensive negotiations.”

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