Settlement for family of man shot by police officer
By: CJ Cassidy
STE. GENEVIEVE, Mo. - A former police officer and sheriff's deputy will pay the family of 47-year-old Dennis Heberlie of Ste. Genevieve County $600,000. Heberlie died after Officer Michael Coon fired a single shot at him back in November 2005.
Now, family members who witnessed their loved one's shooting say they weren't looking for a settlement. Cathy Baumann says she can't forget the pain in her brother's eyes immediately after he was shot.
"It was horrible. He murdered my uncle," 15-year-old Chelsey Baumann says. Not according to the Missouri Attorney General. He decided not to file charges against the officer in question; Officer Michael Coon. Now Baumann's sister says a monetary settlement is not enough.
Conoco gas station managers in Ste. Genevieve called police after Heberlie caused some type of disturbance. But when officers arrived, Heberlie took off. After a short chase, Officer Coon tracked him down at the home he shared with his mother. Police reports indicate Coon struggled with Heberlie before firing, but his sister says that's not the way it happened.
The Sheriff's Deputy involved in the settlement was also in the house at the time of the shooting. He too never faced any charges, and is still with the County, but Officer Coon has since moved on.