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Family agrees to settlement in case of fatal 2013 police shooting

On January 17, 2013, Steven Askew was shot and killed at the Windsor Place Apartments. Memphis police say they were investigating a noise complaint when they found Askew asleep in his car. On January 17, 2013, Steven Askew was shot and killed at the Windsor Place Apartments. Memphis police say they were investigating a noise complaint when they found Askew asleep in his car.
Matthew Dyess (left), Ned Aufdenkamp (right) Matthew Dyess (left), Ned Aufdenkamp (right)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

City of Memphis and the family of a young man killed by Memphis police officers have reached a legal settlement.

Steven Askew was shot and killed in his car on January 17, 2013. Memphis Police Department said officers were investigating a noise complaint when they found Askew asleep in his car.

MPD said Askew pointed a gun at officers Ned Aufdenkamp and Matthew Dyess when they tried to wake him up. Both officers are still employed by MPD after the shooting was ruled justifiable.

Memphis police officers Matthew Dyess and Ned Aufdenkamp shot at Askew 22 times and hit him nine times as he sat in his car at an East Memphis apartment complex waiting for his girlfriend. The officers said, in conflicting statements, Askew grabbed his gun. It was a gun for which he had a permit.

The settlement resulted in Askew's family receiving a total of $587,500. It also means the family will not be able to file any other claims against the city or the officers involved in the shooting. Askew's family had originally asked for three million dollars.

The amount of the settlement also includes attorneys' fees, which leaves Askew's family with $400,000. 

An attorney involved in the case said they are just happy the matter has been resolved.

During a 2014 news conference, tears rolled down Steven's father Sterling Askew's wife's face. 

"My wife, she's been tore up," Askew said during the news conference. "I've had sleepless nights. We've had sleepless nights. If you don't know, it's the worst thing you will ever go through in your life..bury a child."

The parents are not talking after the settlement and wrongful death lawsuit for the police shooting death of their son. There is a confidentiality clause within the settlement agreement preventing anyone from commenting.

"They ordinarily wouldn't settle if they didn't think that there was any chance of losing if it went to trial," Steven Mulroy, University of Memphis law professor, said.

City attorney Bruce McMullen released the following statement about the settlement.

“The City of Memphis has settled the lawsuit filed on behalf of the family of Steven Askew, the terms of which are outlined in the attached documents.   The settlement dismisses the city and the involved officers from any and all claims arising from this unfortunate incident.    This settlement is in the best interest of all the parties involved.”

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