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Sacramento County settles wrongful death suit for $1.7 million in shooting of Mikel McIntyre

"Money can never replace my son. To me, money is like a cover up for what they did... He was priceless to me," said Brigett McIntyre.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — Sacramento County reached a $1.7 million settlement Thursday with the family of Mikel McIntyre, a 32-year-old man shot and killed by sheriff’s deputies in 2017 on Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova.

Deputies said McIntyre hit a Rancho Cordova Police Officer and a police dog with rocks and then tried to hit responding Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies. After he allegedly threw rocks, McIntyre ran and was later gunned down by sheriff’s deputies.

Sheriff’s deputies said they were responding to calls of an assault by McIntyre on his mother. His mother, Brigett McIntyre, later said she contacted fire and police officials twice on the day of the shooting, saying her son was “acting very strange” and hoped to have him committed for help. 

Officials said McIntyre did not qualify for being involuntarily committed.

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"I miss my son every day,” said Brigett in an interview with ABC10 from her Oakley home. “There's not a day that goes by that I don't miss him."

A report by the Sacramento County Office of Inspector General found three deputies fired 28 times, hitting McIntyre seven times. The report concluded that the number of shots fired was “excessive, unnecessary, and put the community at risk.”

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said in 2018 that the deputies’ actions were justified.

McIntyre's family filed a lawsuit in June claiming deputies shot him as he ran away. John Burris, the family’s attorney, told ABC10 that McIntyre was suffering from a mental breakdown.

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"He was running away from the police,” Burris said. “He was running down the freeway, and he was shot and killed as he was running away. It was pretty outrageous, because he was not creating a danger to the officers."

Brigett told ABC10 Thursday after the settlement was announced that the money means nothing to her.

"Money can never replace my son," Brigett said. "To me, money is like a cover up for what they did. 'Oh, we're sorry, so we're give you a couple dollars.' And you go on with your life without your child. How does that add up? He was priceless to me."

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