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City settles police shooting lawsuit for $2.3 million

The City of Portland has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from an accidental police shooting that severely wounded a mentally ill man.

Officer Dane Reister fired several live rounds from a shotgun at William Monroe on June 30, 2011. Reister told police investigators after the incident that he believed the shotgun was loaded with less-than-lethal rounds.

When the city announced the settlement Tuesday afternoon, it said, "The Police Bureau continues to hope for Mr. Monroe's full recovery and the bureau recognizes that this incident has been extremely difficult for everyone involved."

Reister was indicted by a Multnomah County Grand Jury for assault in the third degree and assault in the fourth degree on Nov. 18, 2011. The case remains open with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

Reister remains on paid administrative leave.

At the time of the shooting, Reister had responded to calls that a suspect resembling Monroe was armed with a knife and acting stragely around children in a Southwest Portland park.