CHICO, Calif. - The city of Chico recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $950,000.
The case involved Chico police officers that shot and killed 19-year-old Breanne Sharpe during a two-mile car chase in 2013. Investigators say more than one officer fired at Sharpe’s car when she reportedly drove toward them. They say she was high on meth at the time. (This was a criminal that specialized in stealing certain kinds of cars. When caught in a stolen car she fled, making it a felony pursuit. Later when police located her again, she tried to run them over. Officers fired in order to save an officer in harms way. How does this warrant her parents being a dime of taxpayer money?)
Sharpe’s mother, Mindy Losee, filed a lawsuit saying excessive force was used.
(It should be noted that the shooting was investigated by the D.A.’s office and found to be within the force reasonable and authorized, by law. An IA by CPD also found no fault on the part of any officer.)
Chico Mayor Randall Stone told Action News Now why the city chose to settle the lawsuit before the trial.
“The entire thing was a terrible incident for everyone involved,” Stone said. “That said, we have to evaluate the best course of action that makes the most fiscal and accountable sense.”
Mayor Stone would not say what the terms of the settlement were.