Trial Date Set For Courthouse Shooting Trial

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A Nov. 1, 2004 trial date has been set for a lawsuit filed by the family of a 21-year-old Sparks man who was shot to death by a deputy when he fled a court appearance.

Ian Dunwoodie's family filed the wrongful death suit in June in Washoe District Court against the city of Sparks, Washoe County and law officers.

Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams said Dunwoodie family attorney Chris Phipps has offered to reach a settlement with the city.

"They provided us with a case settlement offer," Adams said, adding he wouldn't disclose the exact amount but it was under $200,000.

Adams plans to discuss the proposed settlement with the Sparks City Council in a closed-door session in November.

Dunwoodie was shot outside Sparks Municipal Court on Jan. 28 by sheriff's Deputy Luke Miller after he fled a court appearance for disturbing the peace.

District Attorney Richard Gammick ruled that Miller was justified in killing Dunwoodie.