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Officer resigns and receives payout after fatal traffic stop

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) - A former Connecticut police officer, who shot and killed an 18-year-old motorist during a traffic stop, received a $100,000 payout from Wethersfield's municipal insurer when he resigned from the department. That's according to documents obtained by the Hartford Courant. It is unclear if the money paid is a part of earned vacation or sick time or other benefits. Layau Eulizier shot and killed Anthony Vega-Cruz in April of 2019 after an officer discovered the license plates on Vega-Cruz's vehicle belong to a different vehicle. Town Manager Gary Evans declined to comment on the settlement, citing ongoing litigation. Vega-Cruz's father filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against the town.


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