County’s top cash settlements

Here are details of some of the biggest cash settlements for damage claims against the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office since 1994:

Fatal accident, March 2000 – $950,000 to the family of Marsha Broggel, Snohomish, who died of injuries after her car was struck broadside by a deputy who was speeding to an accident scene.

Dog bite, March 1998 – $412,500 to Mincio Donciev, a Bulgarian burglar who was living as a hermit near Darrington and repeatedly broke into homes and cabins. Donciev lost much of one foot when bitten by Yukon, a police dog, since retired by the sheriff’s office. Donciev served time in prison for the burglaries and returned to Bulgaria after his release, where he reunited with his family, said his attorney, Susan Johnson of Seattle.

Shooting, December 1998 – $300,000 to the family of Patrick Raimond of Everett, who was shot by deputies who came to his home with a warrant for the arrest of another man. He was armed with a handgun and encountered deputies outside the home. An inquest jury ruled the shooting justified.

Rape, November 1999 – $275,000 to a south county woman who, at 17, was raped by former deputy Chuck Adams after he took her into custody at the scene of a traffic accident.

Shooting, June 1997 – $240,000 to the family of James Willis, a parolee who was fatally shot in the neck when he charged deputies armed with a knife. An inquest jury ruled the shooting near Lake Stevens was justified. Attorney John Muenster said an expert was prepared to testify Willis could have survived the shooting if deputies had attempted to stop the bleeding instead of waiting for aid crews with the wounded man in handcuffs.

– Herald staff

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