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Incident

Date Jun 24, 2012
Department Buffalo Police Department
Officers Karl B. Schultz, Jason A. Whitenight
Address Buffalo, NY

Incident Description

Wilson Morales was shot by Buffalo police officers after a car chase on the city’s East Side. The bullet that struck Morales, then a 17-year-old student at WNY Maritime Charter School, instantly paralyzed him from the chest down. Buffalo’s Common Council authorized one of the largest lawsuit settlements in the city’s history: $4.5 million to Morales. A grand jury cleared Officer Karl B. Schultz and a partner at the time, Jason R. Whitenight, agreeing they fired in self-defense as the teenager backed the van he was driving toward Whitenight at the tail-end of a high-speed chase.

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  • 3 officers cleared of wrongdoing in on-duty shootings
    Karl B. Schultz, 26, and Jason R. Whitenight, 28, were cleared in the shooting of Wilson Morales, 17, at French and Moselle streets, about 3 a.m. June 24, following a high-speed car chase. - Matt Gryta of The Buffalo News
  • Police shooting costs Buffalo $4.5 million
    Buffalo’s Common Council authorized one of the largest lawsuit settlements in the city’s history: $4.5 million to Wilson Morales, who was shot by Buffalo police officers, after a car chase on the city’s East Side. The bullet that struck Morales, then a 17-year-old student at WNY Maritime Charter School, instantly paralyzed him from the chest down. - Geoff Kelly of Investigative Post