No charges for DeLand officer who ran over, killed suspect



DeLAND, Fla. - A DeLand police officer who hit and killed a man with his patrol car in early May will not face criminal charges, Channel 9 has learned.

Officer James Harris was eventually fired from the force after he ran over Marlon Brown as after he fled a traffic stop in May.

The state attorney put the casebefore the grand jury, which declined criminal charges of vehicular homicide.

According to officials, Brown got out of his car and was struck by Harris' patrol car as he tried to run away.

A settlement agreement following Brown's death gave his family more than a half-million dollars.

"It's hard to feel excited or happy about it, because it doesn't amount or bring him back, in any way," said Krystal Brown, Marlon's ex-wife.

DeLand city leaders met during a special commission meeting to approve the settlement of $550,000.

The deal eliminates the possibility of any future civil lawsuits against the city.