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City reaches deal with parents of Denver teen who was shot, killed by police

DENVER – The family of a teenage car thief killed while driving a stolen car into a Denver Police officer will get $1 million of taxpayer money.

The Denver City Council still has to approve the settlement between the city and the family of 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez.

“This is the best solution for all parties,” City Attorney Kristin Bronson said. “We hope it will be a significant step in moving forward as a community.”

The shooting happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 26, 2015. Police reports say officers responded to a suspicious car report. When they pulled up, the windows were foggy. They called in the car’s license plate and it came up as stolen. Police reports say the two officers on scene repeatedly tried to get Hernandez out of the car and stop. She didn’t, instead driving at one of them.

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