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N4T Investigators: Settlement awaits approval in TPD in-custody death case

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TUCSON (KVOA) - A settlement is scheduled to be reviewed by a Pima County court soon in the case involving a man who died while in Tucson Police custody, just as the pandemic was taking hold last year.

The lawsuit was filed last summer on behalf of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez' two-year-old daughter.

Lopez died last April, after he was handcuffed by officers, following a 9-1-1 call placed by his grandmother.  He was said to be acting out-of-control and under the influence of cocaine.   

An autopsy by the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner says the actions of the officers did not contribute to Lopez' death, but a second autopsy report surfaced that says differently.

Three Tucson Police officers involved in the case resigned from the department in the wake of Lopez' death.

Tucson Police Chief, Chris Magnus, also offered his resignation over the was his department handled the Lopez case, and Mayor Regina Romero said she was deeply troubled and outraged by what happened. Though, she did not accept the chief's resignation.

Ultimately, after reviewing evidence in the case, Pima County prosecutors decided the officers would not face any criminal charges. However, a claim was filed on behalf of Lopez' two-year old daughter, Sophie. Lawyers were asking for $10 million from the city, and $3 million from each of the three officers. 

Last December, before the case could go to trial, a settlement was reached for $2.9 million.

The settlement between Lopez' daughter, the city, and the three former officers still needs to be reviewed and approved by the court. Tucson City Attorney Mike Rankin tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, that is scheduled to happen soon.     

Under the terms of the agreement, the $2.9M is payable two weeks following court approval.

Paul Birmingham

Paul Birmingham is an Investigative Producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. He is a three time Edward R. Murrow award winner, native Tucsonan, and a proud Arizona Wildcat.

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