A federal lawsuit against the city of Prairie Village over a fatal police shooting in 2010 has been settled out of court. Prairie Village City Administrator Quinn Bennion confirmed that the suit was settled by the city’s insurance carrier last November.
The settlement was first reported today by KSHB TV-41 which listed the amount paid by the city’s insurance carrier at $560,000. Killed in the incident was Susan Stuckey, a Prairie Village woman who had suffered from mental illness. Her mother, Beverly Stewart, filed the lawsuit against the city and nine officers in 2012, asking for $4 million in damages.
In the suit, she alleged that the department used excessive force against Stuckey and that its policies and procedures governing critical incident response are inadequate and unconstitutional. The shooting was reviewed by Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe who determined that the actions of the officer who shot Stuckey fell within the bounds of the statute that governs the use of deadly force.
The shooting also was investigated by the Johnson County Multi-Jurisdictional Officer Involved Shooting Team. It was reported that Stuckey threw a knife at the officer immediately before the shots were fired.