Settlement reached in Louisiana, Mo. high-speed chase

Investigators comb the site near 14th and North Carolina streets where shots were fired following a high-speed chase Saturday night. / By: Brent Engel, Hannibal Courier Post


settlement has been reached in the civil lawsuit filed by t he family of a man who was shot by Louisiana, Missouri police.

A lawyer for the family said Tuesday that the city did not admit any guilt or liability but had agreed to pay $400,000 to the family of Timothy Chrisman.

The 39-year-old Vandalia man died after a high-speed chase through Louisiana the night of Oct. 30 in 2010.

The Missouri Highway Patrol reported the night of the incident that Louisiana officers Jody Blaylock and Bryan Richardson fired on Chrisman's pick-up after the vehicle struck one of the officers.

The account was disputed by the family.

A State Attorney General's investigation cleared the officers of any wrong doing, but the Chrisman family filed suit in federal count claiming excessive use of force and wrongful death.

The settlement was worked out two weeks ago during a day-long session between the city and the family with retired federal judge Stephen Limbaugh.
It means the case will not be tried in court.

The city's insurance will cover the cost.

The family's lawyer says the $400,000 will be put in a trust for Chrisman's two young children.