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PAINESVILLE, Ohio – A $2.25 million settlement has been reached in a Painesville police Taser incident that left a man with a severe brain injury.

According to papers filed in court, David and Becky Nall reached the settlement earlier this month.

A federal lawsuit suit filed on the alleged excessive force on the couple’s behalf states police used a Taser on David Nall  at his Painesville apartment in 2010.  Attorneys for Nall said he suffered severe brain injury and will need care for the rest of his life.

The Nall family attorneys, Al Gerhardstein and David Malik, issued the following statement:

“We commend the City of Painesville for responding to the family’s request for a review of training.  The settlement will allow the family to have resources needed to care for David and the training review will help make the community safer for everyone.”

The attorneys also stated the  city of Painesville agreed to provide current stun gun policy and training materials to the Nall attorneys, and receive in good faith any recommendations regarding improvement in the policy and training materials.

The city also agreed to use the Nall use of force case as a training exercise demonstrating an extended trigger pull in the hope that similar injuries will be avoided in the future.

Painesville officials did not return calls seeking comment on the settlement.