Watertown Okays $600K Settlement In VanWaldick Shooting
Watertown lawmakers approved giving a $600,000 settlement to Ryan Dorr Monday night, nearly six years after he was shot by an off-duty Watertown police officer.
On December 8, 2004, Michael VanWaldick, armed with a gun and wearing camouflage clothing, went looking for his girlfriend, Jessica Quinta.
Jessica was visiting Dorr at his apartment and VanWaldick entered the home by climbing a ladder to the second floor.
Upon reaching then second floor window, VanWaldick fired a shot and hit Dorr in the back.
VanWaldick then proceeded to grab Quinta and drag her out of the apartment.
When Dorr interceded and VanWaldick shot him again, twice, once in each shoulder.
Dorr called police as VanWaldick took Quinta from the home.
He then later released her and surrendered to authorities.
VanWaldick was found guilty of burglary, attempted murder, kidnapping and grand larceny and is currently serving a 15-year prison term.
Dorr filed a lawsuit against the City of Watertown in 2005, citing that the police department's negligence lead to his severe injuries.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Watertown, NY
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