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$1.2 million may go to family of athlete shot by cop

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Associated Press

Chicago could pay $1.2 million to the family of a high school athlete who was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer.

The city council's finance committee on Tuesday approved the settlement in the Sept. 11, 2009, shooting death of 17-year-old Corey Harris. The entire city council will vote Wednesday on the settlement.

Police said the captain of Dyett High School's baseball and basketball teams was shot after he pointed a gun at the off-duty officer. They say he was being chased after being seen firing shots at someone else

The police version of events was undermined when the Cook County medical examiner ruled Harris was shot in the back.

Harris' family filed a lawsuit accusing officer Darren Wright of "wildly" shooting at a group of students that included Harris.

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