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Ostling court case over - city agrees to pay attorney fees

The court case over the fatal police shooting of a mentally ill Bainbridge Island man has come to an end.

City of Bainbridge Island officials said Monday the city had agreed to pay attorney fees and other costs to the family of Douglas Ostling, who was shot and killed by a Bainbridge police officer after officers went to the family's home to investigate a 911 call and Ostling met officers at his apartment door with an axe.

City officials announced that a final judgement in the case had been entered on Oct. 22, and that Bainbridge Island had agreed to pay the Ostling family's attorney fees and costs of $392,401.

The family had previously won a $1 million judgement at the close of the family's civil rights trial against the city in June.

“The city again wishes to extend our sympathies to the Ostling family and to state we are terribly sorry for the loss of Douglas Ostling," Interim City Manager Morgan Smith said in a statement.

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