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L.A. County to Pay $1.5 Million to Family of Unarmed, Disabled Compton Man Fatally Shot After Being Mistaken as Suspect

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Los Angeles County has agreed to pay $1.49 million to the family of an unarmed, disabled Compton man who was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in a tragic case of mistaken identity last year, officials said.

The settlement, approved Tuesday by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, will be paid to the father of 27-year-old Donnell Thompson Jr., according to Brian Dunn, an attorney with the Cochran Firm who is representing the family.

Donnell Thompson Jr. is seen in a photo displayed at a news conference in August 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Donnell Thompson Jr. is seen in a photo at a news conference in August 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

Thompson came into contact with a group of sheriff’s deputies in Compton last July as they hunted for Robert Alexander, a 26-year-old carjacking suspect who had opened fire on deputies after a pursuit in Compton.

Alexander had a lengthy criminal history, but Thompson was described by relatives as a sweet, soft-spoken man who was attending classes for people with mental disabilities at El Camino College.

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