Officer shot during standoff still fights for compensation

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Officer Kayvan Hazrati was shot in the line of duty, April 5, 2006. Nearly four years later, he is still battling with the city over compensation.

Hazrati was shot in the head during a standoff. The shooter, Christopher Ellerbe, was found guilty last year.

The criminal trial was difficult and dragged on. Family friends say the compensation fight has been difficult, too.

Hazrati has a brain injury, and is plagued by headaches. Daily tasks are much more difficult and he was forced to turn in his badge, unable to work as a police officer.

Monday, attorneys for the city and Hazrati held a meeting to discuss compensation.

A spokesperson for the city says mediation is confidential according to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which oversees workmen's compensation.