A jury late last week awarded a $1.35 million settlement to the family of a man who, in 2006, was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer.
Kenneth Elrod and his friend Demetri Centera were fatally shot by police officer Edward Yerke after an altercation outside a bar on the city's Northwest Side in April 2006, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Yerke was formally cleared of wrongdoing in the incident, the Chicago Tribune reports, but attorney Gregory E. Kulis, who represented Elrod's wife, claimed that the officer fired excessive gunshots at the man.
Elrod, according to the Tribune, got into a fight with Yerke and other off-duty cops at Magic Touch Club, 5728 W. Belmont. Elrod was so angered by the altercation that he went to his home, picked up two guns and returned, with Centera, to the area to confront the officers at a stop light. That is when Elrod reportedly opened fire.
According to ABC Chicago, police feel the shooting was justified -- but the jury in Elrod's trial disagreed.
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