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Coignard family settles federal lawsuit with Longview

By staff
March 18, 2016 at 3:11 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2016 at 3:11 p.m.

Erik Coignard, right, and his wife Beth Coignard meet with their attorney Tim Maloney of San Antonio at his law office in San Antonio concerning a possible lawsuit involving the police shooting death of the Coignard's 17-year-old daughter Kristiana, being shot to death last month in the lobby of a Longview police station. Erik Coignard said Monday that he wants more information about the events that led up to his daughter's death. (AP Photo/The San Angelo Standard-Times, Bob Owen)

Parents of a Longview teenager killed during in a January 2015 officer-involved shooting reached a proposed $15,000 settlement Friday with the city.

The family of Kristiana Coignard sued the city, then-police Chief Don Dingler and three officers involved in shooting Coignard inside the Longview Police Department lobby.

Coignard, 17, was killed Jan. 22, 2015, after she asked to speak to an officer and then brandished a knife. The teenager had struggled with mental illness, her family had said, and an autopsy showed she was carrying a “suicide-type note” among her belongings when she confronted officers.

Her parents, Erik and Elizabeth Coignard, originally sought $10 million in damages when they filed the lawsuit in July.

“The case was handled by the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool on behalf of the city of Longview,” city Tourism and Media Manager Shawn Hara said in a statement Friday.

“There was a mediation process and there is now a mediation agreement to settle the case for $15,000. The formal documents are not yet complete, but are anticipated to be finalized within a couple weeks. The settlement and legal costs were paid by (the Texas Municipal League),” Hara said.

According to documents from the Eastern District of Texas courthouse in Marshall, Judge Roy S. Payne said he’s been advised that the parties have settled all claims of controversy in the case.

Friday was the mediation completion deadline. Jury selection was to begin July 11.

The officers involved in the shooting — Glenn Derr, Grace Bagley and Gene Duffie — all returned to work after spending several days on paid administrative leave. A Gregg County grand jury cleared the officers of any criminal wrongdoing, following a Texas Rangers investigation.

San Antonio attorney Tim Maloney, who is representing the Coignard family, did not respond to messages left for him Friday.



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