Parents of Edmonds man fatally shot by sheriff’s deputy settle federal lawsuit for $1M

Our online news partner The Seattle Times reports that the parents of 24-year-old Edmonds resident Nickolas Peters, fatally shot by a Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputy in 2018, have settled their federal lawsuit against the county for $1 million.

In July, Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Adam Cornell issued a six-page memorandum that states the use of deadly force against Nickolas Michael Peters was justified under the circumstances and the law that was in place at the time. Then in October, former Sheriff Ty Trenary fired Wallin, a 13-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, after determining Wallin violated sheriff’s office policies when he initiated a vehicle pursuit on Oct. 23, 2018, and used unauthorized force when he twice fired into the windshield of the stopped pickup, killing Peters, who was behind the wheel.

“The family felt the firing of the deputy sheriff, the conclusion he’d violated sheriff’s office policies in the use of deadly force, and the $1 million (settlement) is a clear statement it was wrong to kill their kid,” attorney Jeff Campiche said. “They always felt Nick should’ve been arrested and punished for what he did but not executed.”

Read more in The Seattle Times story here.


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