Lakewood Settles Suit Over Officer’s Death For $3.5M

September 14, 2016

The city of Lakewood has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the widow of a police officer who was killed on duty by a fellow officer in 2012.

The Denver Post reports that Tamara Davies, widow of slain Officer James Davies, had filed the federal suit, alleging police incompetence against the city, police department and several officers. Records show the complaint was dismissed last week.

Police had responded to reports of shots fired when 35-year-old James Davies was fatally shot by Officer Devaney Braley, who mistook him for an armed suspect.

A review of the incident identified several mistakes made by Lakewood police and Davies, which resulted in his accidental death.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office cleared Braley of criminal wrongdoing.