$350 Thousand Settlement In Goodyear Death

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- New details in the case of a Topeka Goodyear worker who died after being tased by Sheriff's deputies in March 2008.

Later this week, the Shawnee County Commission will be asked to approve a settlement in the case.

The family of Walter Haake had initially asked for $100 million in federal court, then scaled the amount to $9.7 million this past April.

Now commissioners will consider settling for $350 thousand.

The civil suit was dismissed earlier this month when attorneys for the county and the Haake family reached the settlement.

County Counselor Rich Eckert, who could not comment on camera, says the 3-member commission will vote on the $350 thousand, and if it’s approved, the Haake family will release all claims against the county, Sheriff Richard Barta and Deputies Jason Mills and Shayna Johnson.

None of the defendants would have to admit liability.

Deputies Mills and Johnson tased Haake on March 8, 2008, when he reportedly appeared disoriented and wouldn't get out of his vehicle on the Goodyear Plant property.

He died after being handcuffed face down.

The Coroner’s Office said compression of Haake’s torso, cardiac disease and the effect of prescription drugs all likely contributed to his death.

The commission will review the 12 page settlement at Thursday morning’s meeting.