County settles on deputy-involved shooting

County settles on deputy-involved shooting

POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 3:57pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 4:06pm

El Paso County Commissioners have agreed to a settlement with Juan Ortegon who was shot by former Deputy Constable Mario Ramos back in 2008.

County Judge Veronica Escobar said the $600 thousand settlement was more than the county had hoped to pay. The money will come from funds set aside in the budget for settlements.

The decision was made to avoid the risk of a court case costing more than was budgeted, according to Escobar.  Ramos was cleared in a jury trial of any wrong doing last year, but ortegon still filed a civil case against the county.


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