Family of Philadelphia man shot by police get $1 million settlement

Former Philadelphia police officer Ryan Pownall has been fired and was charged with homicide.

Pat Loeb
October 05, 2018 - 2:12 pm
Philadelphia police shooting victim David Jones

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The family of Philadelphia police shooting victim David Jones has settled their legal claims against the city for $1 million. The settlement, Friday morning, came without a suit being filed.

Former Philadelphia police officer Ryan Pownall shot and killed a man as he ran away after a traffic stop in June of 2017.

City Solicitor Marcel Pratt says the family asked to resolve its claims without a suit so that it wouldn't have to relive, in his words, "the agony of their loss." The city agreed to $1 million with no admission of liability, but Pownall has been fired and was charged with homicide in September.

Pownall was on duty in June of 2017, transporting witnesses to the special victims unit, when he stopped to confront Jones, who was riding a dirt bike on Whitaker Avenue. Pownall spotted him cutting across several lanes of traffic, a grand jury investigation found. Pownall followed Jones and they got into a scuffle. Jones broke free and ditched a gun he had tucked in his waistband. The witnesses in Pownall's car told a grand jury Jones was running away when Pownall shot him in the back.

Attorneys for the family call the death tragic, senseless and completely preventable. Jones, they say in a statement, "will always be remembered as a hard-working citizen who was dedicated to his family and friends."

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CNN contributed to this report.