Originally published Jan. 15, 2012

After taking a bullet during a 2009 drug raid in his off-campus apartment, former Grand Valley State University student Derek Copp received a $143,750 lawsuit settlement from Ottawa County Thursday.

Copp, then 20, had been shot in the upper chest during the raid when Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Huizenga unintentionally discharged his firearm. Copp spent nine days in the hospital and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The West Michigan Enforcement Team organized the raid soon after Copp and his roommate, Conor Bardallis, sold marijuana to an undercover officer.

Both Copp and his roommate pled guilty for distribution of marijuana, and Copp was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, 18 months of probation and a $300 fine. Bardallis received a $500 fine, 18 months of probation and suspension of his driver’s license for 6 months.

Copp’s record has since been erased under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which required him to complete his sentence to have his conviction expunged.

Huizenga, convicted of a misdemeanor of reckless discharge of a firearm, still works for the county on road patrol.


Original publication: http://www.lanthorn.com/article/2012/01/former_laker_receives_settlement_after_shooting