Houston Will Pay $1.2 Million Settlement In Officer-Involved Shooting Lawsuit

26-year-old Jordan Baker was shot and killed by HPD Officer Juventino Castro.

Houston councilmembers approved a $1.2 million settlement with the family of Jordan Baker, a 26-year-old unarmed black man who was shot and killed by HPD officer Juventino Castro in 2014. Baker’s family said his civil and constitutional rights were violated. 

Castro was off-duty at the time of the shooting, working a second job as a security guard. According to police, Castro confronted Baker, there was a struggle and Baker ran, eventually charging back at the officer. Castro then fatally shot him.

A Houston grand jury declined to indict Castro, who is currently an active duty officer with HPD. 

Mayor Sylvester Turner said the settlement resolves the matter and he believes it’s a reasonable settlement for both sides.