NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The family of an unarmed Georgia man fatally shot in a northern New Jersey park by a county sheriff's officer has settled a wrongful death lawsuit.
Defarra "Dean" Gaymon, who headed the Atlanta City Employees Credit Union, was in New Jersey for a high school reunion in 2010. He was shot by an undercover sheriff's detective who was investigating public sex in Branch Brook Park.
Gaymon's wife and four children settled Tuesday for $1.5 million and will receive about $730,000 when attorneys' fees and costs are subtracted. As part of the settlement, the Essex County sheriff's office did not admit any wrongdoing.
Authorities said the 48-year-old Gaymon approached the detective and, after a chase, the officer fired one shot when Gaymon allegedly reached in his pocket and lunged at him.
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