Man Shot By Police While Running Away Naked To Receive $525,000 Settlement

Jason Funke, 29, agreed for the settlement after U.S. District Judge Richard Boulware II found in June that Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Mark Hatten “unlawfully used excessive force against Funke” in the 2017 incident, according to The Associated Press.

The shooting transpired after police responded to a 911 call reporting that the then-25-year-old was “sitting naked in a meditation pose with a handgun in front of him” after reportedly seeking mental health counselling for having suicidal thoughts at the church, according to the AP.

Funke started to slowly move towards the front of the church after at least six police officers, including Hatten, arrived on scene, with a police helicopter hovering above them.

When ordered to drop his firearm, Funke complied, raised his hands in the air and began walking towards Hatten. However, at the time when Funke was told to lay on the ground, a K-9 officer struggled to control a police dog, which was released and “attacked another officer,” after which Funke ran in the opposite direction, the AP reported.

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