On February 20, 2017, independent insurance agent Charlie Win Chan shot and killed Jason Peterson. This happened after an altercation with the homeless man outside of Chan’s Golden Key agency.
After a lawsuit was filed, Chan settled with Peterson’s family for $400,000. Chan is also required — as part of the settlement — to write a letter of apology to the family.
The incident began when Chan showed up for work and found Peterson’s sleeping bag and other belongings in the doorway of his business. He promptly disposed of them in a locked trash bin located next to his agency.
When Peterson showed up to get his goods, he entered the business and — according to Chan — demanded to know what happened to them. Chan told Peterson where they were and said Peterson then threatened to kill him and burn down his agency.
Police were told that after the threat — and even after Chan says he offered to open the bin and retrieve the man’s effects — Peterson attempted an assault on Chan and was shot and killed. The agent said he did not have enough time to tell Peterson he would shoot him if attacked.
He also contends he did not intend to kill Peterson.
The family said Chan did not need to shoot Peterson who they say was diagnosed as a schizophrenic. They filed a $1.1 million lawsuit and — as negotiations went forward — it escalated to $15.9 million. The attorney for Peterson’s estate is Robert Le.
He said, “Instead, Chan threatened to call the police and Petersen immediately left the building. Chan followed him outside, where there was a second verbal altercation between Petersen and Chan on the property.”
By the way, while the estate contends Chan was in the wrong, a Multnomah County grand jury did not.
As for the actual settlement. Portland’s newspaper The Oregonian said Le will get 40% of the $400,000. That’s $160,000 in attorney’s fees. Medicaid services provided to Peterson for his treatment netted the State of Oregon $48,000.
Le thinks he can get that amount lowered so the estate will end up with $134,000 to $182,000.
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