August 7, 2022

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Kiowa County will pay $9.5 million in case of man shot in the back by cops

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Kiowa County has reached a $9.5 million settlement with the family of Zach Gifford, the unarmed local handyman shot three times in the back by its undersheriff and a rookie deputy in 2020.

The amount exceeds the county’s $7.5 million annual budget, but is less than the $10 million maximum its insurance policy would cover. Had the settlement surpassed the cap, the cash-strapped Eastern Plains county would have needed to raise taxes to fund it.

“We knew what the insurance policy was and didn’t want to bankrupt the county we came from where we raised our children,” says Gifford’s mother, Carla Gifford.  

“They took everything from us when they killed Zach and we would do anything to get him back. But what we asked for, at least in the civil case, we will be getting, and…

Susan Greene

2022-04-18 18:48:10

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