Family of Man Fatally Shot by Undercover NYPD Cop Settles for $2M

In 2009 an unarmed Shem Walker, 49, lost his life when an undercover detective, loitering near the apartment building of Walker’s mother for a drug bust, shot him.  

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The family of Shem Walker, an unarmed Army veteran who was killed by a New York City undercover detective in 2009, has settled with the city for $2.25 million, according to the New York Daily News.

The 49-year-old man was killed in a July 11, 2009, altercation with the detective, who appeared to be loitering on the stoop of the apartment building of Walker’s elderly mother in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The detective was actually watching a buy-and-bust operation that was going down, the news site notes. But Walker punched the detective, who was identified only as Undercover C-94, leading the detective to fire at him three times.

There is no chance of charging the detective with manslaughter; the statute of limitations on that count passed on Friday, according to the site.

“The family respects the decision of this district attorney but does hope the detective will be subject to a department hearing or discipline for shooting an unarmed man,” Walker’s lawyers, Scott Rynecki and Sanford Rubenstein, said in a statement, according to the Daily News.

"This incident was a tragedy for the Walker family," a city Law Department spokeswoman told the Daily News. "We hope this settlement provides some measure of closure."

Read more at the New York Daily News.

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