ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Stearns County’s insurance trust has paid $350,000 to a man who was shot in the back by a sheriff’s lieutenant during a drug bust.

John Albert Sorensen had sued the county and now-retired Lt. David McLaughlin, alleging excessive force.

The St. Cloud Times reports the lawsuit was settled last month after a federal judge denied a motion by McLaughlin to dismiss the excessive force claims.

Sorensen was shot in March 2009 during a drug bust in the parking lot of a McStop in St. Cloud.

McLaughlin argued the shooting was an accident that happened when Sorensen was being handcuffed and backed into the lieutenant’s right hand, causing the gun to discharge.

Sorensen says he was complying with arrest commands and was shot as he was going to the ground.

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Comments (8)
  1. brittany says:

    so now were paying drug dealers money! wow such a smart state!!

  2. Sick says:

    He can buy a lot of drugs now

  3. Sue J says:

    one foot higher on the shot and this would not be a news story!

  4. just sayin says:

    Rediculous. What a fkin joke.

  5. curly_racks says:

    what is ridiculous is the failed war on drugs…..for as broke as our government is they are pretty insane to keep trying the same failed approach.

  6. curly_racks says:

    The cop got off easy he should face attempted murder charges

  7. curly_racks says:

    we will just call it another “win” in the war on drugs……

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