Man shot in head by police gets $2 million settlement

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ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man whom a police officer says he accidentally shot in the head five years ago has received a lawsuit settlement from Fulton County.

News agencies report that the county and 21-year-old DeAnthony Cunningham's family finalized a $2 million settlement last week ahead of a trial that was scheduled this week in the case against Officer Benjamin Griggs.

Cunningham was 16 years old when Griggs shot him in July 2011.

Police say the teenager, who was a passenger in a stolen car, ran when an officer approached the vehicle at a Union City gas station parking lot.

Griggs found Cunningham in nearby woods and says he accidentally pulled the trigger while Cunningham had his hands behind his head.

Cunningham underwent 18 surgeries and amassed over $1 million in medical bills.

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