County Settles Lawsuit Over Deputy's Hit, Which Left Man In Coma

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee January 25, 2011

A week after the trial began, King County has settled with the wife and family of a 31-year-old man severely injured during a downtown Seattle run-in with deputy sheriffs.

The move, which will see the county pay $10 million, was announced Tuesday morning as the King County deputy sheriff accused of knocking Christopher Harris into a wall in front of the Cinerama movie theater on May 10, 2009, was preparing to take the stand.

Harris' injuries left him comatose. He remains bedridden and unable to speak, and will likely require round-the-clock care for the rest of his life.

"My only objective in filing this suit is to make sure Chris has the best medical care possible, and I have the ability to stay with him and care for him at home," wife, Sarah Harris, said in a statement.

Sheriff Sue Rahr issued this statement shortly after the settlement was announced:

“We realize that the incident where Christopher Harris was injured by one of our deputies was a tragedy for Mr. Harris, his wife Sarah, and his entire family. We hope the settlement will at least bring financial peace, while understanding nothing we can do or say can make that night ‘go away’.  

My sincerest condolences and apologies to Chris and his family.”

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