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City BOE approves $8 million settlement with former police recruit shot by BPD instructor

Posted at 11:16 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 17:36:43-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — On Wednesday, Baltimore City's Board of Estimates approved an $8 million settlement with a former University of Maryland Police recruit, who was shot in the head by a Baltimore Police instructor during a training exercise.

It was February 12, 2013, when Raymond Gray, was shot by former officer William Scott Kern at the old Rosewood Center in Owings Mills.

During the exercise, Kern was explaining how standing in certain places can expose an officer to gunfire. While trying to demonstrate, Kern pulled what he thought was a simulation gun, and pointed it at a window near where Gray was.

The gun accidentally fired and struck Gray in the head causing severe and permanent brain damage.

It was later found the gun Kern fired was actually his departmental service weapon, which he wasn't allowed to wear during such an exercise.

Kern was later convicted of reckless endangerment and sentenced to two months in prison. He is no longer with the department.

RELATED: Former police recruit declines settlement offer

Following the incident, the Baltimore Police Department suspended six academy officials and admitted they didn't have permission to use the site for training.

Former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake had previously offered Gray a $200,000 settlement. His lawyers rejected that amount, saying their client would lose $6 million over his lifetime between medical bills and missed wages.