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Settlement reached in double fatal car chase

(Cleveland) - A settlement has been reached in a federal civil suit against the city by families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

The unarmed couple was fatally shot in November 29, 2012 after leading Cleveland police on a high speed chase from downtown into East Cleveland.

The civil lawsuit was filed in federal court, and asked for compensatory and punitive damages from the City of Cleveland and the Division of Police.

Russell and Williams died in a hail of gunfire. The families claim excessive force was used. Sixty-four police cars took part in the chase and 137 shots were fired at the couple.

Details of the settlement have not been released. The deal was reached during a hearing on Monday, but not made public until Wednesday. The settlement must now be approved by Cuyahoga County Probate Court.

The families have issued a statement claiming their real objective is to push for police reform, but contend nothing can ever provide a complete sense of justice.

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