CITY HALL — A City Council committee approved a $4.5 million settlement Monday in the 2007 death of a man shot 18 times by police in an Austin traffic stop.
Freddie Latrice Wilson, who performed as a rapper under the name of the Saint, was killed after being shot by three officers in what was reported to be a traffic stop.
Wilson, 34, was an ex-con who used rap to preach against young men turning to crime.
According to Leslie Darling of the city Law Department, two pairs of Chicago Police Department officers made the traffic stop, and three opened fire on Wilson. Darling said they fired 24 shots, and 18 hit Wilson.
A gun was reportedly found at the scene outside Wilson's car, but Darling said "inconsistencies in the officers' testimonies made the settlement advisable."
Officers Jason Santiago, Tomislav Vidljinevic and Guadalupe DeLeon were named in the suit. The Chicago Police Department did not immediately respond to inquiries about whether they are still on active duty.
The settlement was approved without additional comment by the Finance Committee.
Upon final approval by the full council Wednesday, the settlement will be paid to Wilson's estate.