A federal appeals court says an eastern Pennsylvania city and not its insurance company must pay a multimillion-dollar settlement with the widow of a police officer accidentally shot by another officer inside police headquarters.
The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday reversed a federal court’s decision that Scottsdale Insurance Co. should pay claims against the city of Easton in the death of officer Jesse Sollman after a March 2005 training exercise.
The appeals court cited an “employee injury exception” in the insurance policy in saying Scottsdale does not have to pay the $5 million settlement with Sollman’s widow, Carin. The court said more litigation will be needed to determine whether the company has to pay up to $50,000 under the policy’s “line of duty death” coverage.
Easton earlier this year borrowed about $3 million from itself to make a scheduled payment.
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