Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel and Katie Bennett recently settled a federal civil rights action brought on behalf of the next of kin of Dawn Marie Pfister, who was shot and killed by Defendant Brady Juell of the Chaska Police Department on Highway 212 in Eden Prairie, MN on February 7, 2014. Pfister was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Matthew Serbus, which was involved in a pursuit and eventually crashed on Highway 212. After the crash, Serbus held Pfister hostage and menaced her with a knife. These actions caused numerous officers to fire at Serbus, in attempts to save Pfister. After Serbus was shot, Serbus and Pfister fell to the ground. Pfister was able to pry the knife away from Serbus.
Shortly thereafter, Juell shot Pfister four times, killing her, while she was surrounded by 11 armed officers and was partially on the ground, holding a folding knife with a 3 ¼ inch blade. The City of Chaska had coverage for $1.5 million, leaving $250,000 to come directly from the City. For more information, click here to review an article from Minnesota Lawyer.