A police officer in West Virginia was paid $175,000 after he was fired for not shooting a distressed suspect holding a gun during a domestic disturbance.
Officer Stephen Mader had filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the Weirton Police Department after he was fired in 2016 for not shooting Ronald “R.J.” Williams Jr., who had been holding an unloaded handgun when police responded to the disturbance.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” Mader said. “The events leading to my termination were unjustified, and I’m pleased a joint resolution has been met. My hope is that no other person on either end of a police call has to go through this again.”
Mader told CNN that Williams was “visibly choked up,” and decided that he did not pose a threat.
The officer tried to get Williams to put his gun down. He raised it, however, when two other officers arrived on the scene and was shot and killed.
A separate probe found that the officers who shot Wiliams were justified in their actions.
Mader’s lawsuit says he was fired due to his “failure to meet probationary standards of an officer” and “apparent difficulties in critical incident reasoning,” according to CNN.
Weirton City Manager Travis Blosser told the network that Mader was fired for “a totality of circumstances.”