• Family settles for $500K after DeLand officer struck son with car as he fled on foot


    DeLAND, Fla. - A special meeting is scheduled Wednesday night in DeLand, where city leaders will discuss a major settlement with a family whose son was run over by a DeLand police officer.

    The $500,000 deal will eliminate the possibility of any civil lawsuits after former Officer James Harris struck and killed Marlon Brown with his patrol car May 8.

    The special meeting was scheduled for the sole purpose of authorizing the settlement.

    City officials told Channel 9 Brown's family has agreed to the settlement and by accepting it, they will not seek any other damages against the city.

    Despite the settlement, however, Channel 9 learned Brown's death continues to be investigated.

    Harris was initially placed on suspension after the incident, but he was fired shortly after.

    Troopers said Brown was fatally run over by Harris, who was pursuing Brown after he fled from a traffic stop. According to officials, Brown got out of his car and was struck by Harris' patrol car as he tried to run away.

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