ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The state is shelling out a lot of money to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a 10-year-old boy accidentally shot with an electric stun gun by a police officer at a career fair.
KRQE News 13 has learned the settlement is in excess of $500,000.
According to the lawsuit, the boy had been joking around with Officer Chris Webb during a career day in May 2012 at Tularosa Intermediate School in Tularosa.
The lawsuit alleges the state Motor Transportation cop then pointed his Taser at the boy and said, "Let me show you what happens to people who do not listen to police."
The young victim's attorneys say 50,000 volts of electricity traveled through the boy.
The lawsuit was dismissed on Monday after the settlement was reached.
The boy will be able to get the care he needs, according to his attorney.
"One of the real concerns about the incident was the psychological effect on our client," attorney Joseph Kennedy told KRQE News 13. "There's going to be a period of psychological care for him to get him back to where he should be as a young boy."
According to court documents, the state Department of Public Safety did not dispute whether Webb fired his Taser during a demo to a group of fourth grade students. The state did call it accidental.
The victim's attorneys say the boy's family is ready to move on.
"The best thing is, it shows that the system works, that we have a system of government where when a citizen gets harmed, they can go file a lawsuit in court and get justice," Kennedy said.
DPS officials confirm Webb is still employed in the Motor Transportation Division but would not discuss any disciplinary actions against him.
According to the lawsuit, though, Webb was suspended for three days after the incident.
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