by Elizabeth Ruiz
The family of a man who was shot and killed by two San Antonio police officers has settled a lawsuit for $180,000.
Daniel Thomas was intoxicated when he allegedly ran from the scene of a crash in November of 2007, yelling that he had a gun and was going to shoot the officers who were chasing him.
It was dark and the officers said they feared for their lives when they opened fire in a field and killed Thomas. It turns out, he was unarmed. The object he was holding was his wallet.
"So we're alleging that the officers shot him without cause," said attorney Christopher Gale, who represents the family.
They filed the suit in 2008, alleging that the officers used excessive force.
"The family acknowledges, at least in part, that some of these circumstances were brought on by Daniel, himself, but we do feel that this was excessive use of force," Gale told 550 KTSA News.
A settlement was reached Monday just as jury selection was about to begin.
"It's for $180,000 which would go to his parents and to his child who was 10-years old at the time," said Gale.
He says the family is ready to move on.
"Although we were very confident that we would prevail in front of a jury, the fact is you never know. The family really wanted to avoid reliving this tragedy," said Gale.
The settlement is pending approval by the San Antonio City Council.