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Judge approves settlement in St. Joseph police shooting

Under a settlement approved Thursday, the parents of 27-year-old Jacob Fanning will each receive about $13,900. Fanning's two minor children will receive more than $223,000, to be distributed by their mother. (File)

A federal judge has approved a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who was fatally shot by St. Joseph police in 2017.

Under a settlement approved Thursday, the parents of 27-year-old Jacob Fanning will each receive about $13,900. Fanning's two minor children will receive more than $223,000, to be distributed by their mother. Attorneys will receive more than $199,000.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported officer Justin Bever stopped Fanning for a traffic violation. A dashboard came showed Fanning rapidly backing up his car, narrowly missing a woman outside the car, before he stopped.

Bever shot Fanning through the windshield of Fanning's vehicle.

The lawsuit contended Fanning was no threat and the shooting involved excessive force.

The prosecutor declined to file criminal charges against the officer.

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