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State to pay $950K to family of man fatally shot by trooper

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The state has agreed to pay a $950,000 settlement to the family of Robert Bergeson. (WFSB FILE) The state has agreed to pay a $950,000 settlement to the family of Robert Bergeson. (WFSB FILE)
NEW HAVEN, CT (AP) -

The state has agreed to pay a $950,000 settlement to the family of a Connecticut man who was fatally shot by a state trooper in 2013.

Bob Reardon, a New London attorney for the family of Robert Bergeson, says the settlement of the wrongful death lawsuit was finalized Thursday in federal court.

Authorities say police responded to the 60-year-old Salem man's home after he set it on fire.

Authorities say Troopers Kristin Coit and Patrick Hawes found Bergeson in a field behind the house waving a stick. They say Hawes shot Bergeson after he failed to comply with orders to lie down and lunged at them with the stick.

Prosecutors cleared Hawes in the shooting.

Reardon says experts his firm hired concluded Bergeson wasn't a threat to the troopers.

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