PBSO settles another lawsuit, accusing deputy of using excessive force

For the second time in a month, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to settle a lawsuit filed in connection with a deputy-involved shooting.

Victor Arango, 26, in Boynton Beach. Fatal. Victor Arango with his daughter, Anylah, at Lion Country Safari, the week before Arango was killed by a PBSO deputy outside of the 1st & 10 Sports Bar and Grill. photo courtesy of family

Victor Arango, 26, with his daughter, Anylah, shortly before he was killed by a PBSO deputy. (Family photo)

In a deal inked in U.S. District Court this week, the agency agreed to pay $325,000 to settle a lawsuit, accusing Deputy Michael Suszczynski of using excessive force in 2012 when he shot and killed 26-year-old Victor Arango outside 1st and 10 Sports Bar & Grill in suburban Boynton Beach.

As part of the settlement, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said the agency also agreed to pay $25,000 to establish a college fund for Arango’s young daughter. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed against the sheriff’s office by the girl’s mother, Arango’s girlfriend, Karen Perez.

Late last month, the sheriff’s office agreed to pay $300,000 to Aldo Alvarez, a mentally ill Royal Palm Beach man, who was shot and wounded by off-duty deputy Joshua McGehee in 2013. The deputy’s insurance carrier agreed to pay Alvarez and his parents another $300,000, said attorney Stuart Kaplan, who represented the Alvarezes in the lawsuit.

Earlier this year, the agency agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle two other cases involving deputy shooting.

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