Lawyers for Chicago, man shot by officer settle lawsuit

Updated 4/17/2018 8:44 PM

CHICAGO -- The city of Chicago and the plaintiff in a federal lawsuit alleging misconduct by police have settled the case.

Opening statements were given Monday in the lawsuit filed by Erick Fields, who was shot in 2011 by Chicago police when an officer mistook a socket wrench in the man's hand for a gun. The shooting occurred in the 37-year-old Fields' garage as he was changing his car's license plate. Authorities say officers were investigating a report of shots fired.

Attorneys for Fields and five Chicago police officers named in the lawsuit met with U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo on Tuesday.

Chicago Law Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey said he could not discuss any proposed settlements before the City Council takes up the matter. Lawyers for the officers and Fields declined to comment.

Fields was charged and convicted of drug possession. An aggravated assault charge was dismissed.

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