KCBS_740SACRAMENTO (CBS SF/AP) — Sacramento County has agreed to pay $200,000 to settle an excessive-force complaint that alleges a suspect was needlessly beaten by a deputy wielding a flashlight. This is the third such settlement in eight years.

The Sacramento Bee reported that the settlement stems from a lawsuit filed by John Reyes, who alleged that Deputy Paul “Scotte” Pfeifer beat him with a flashlight, doused him in pepper spray and shot him with a stun gun during a December 2014 confrontation outside a Starbucks.

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The lawsuit has been dismissed with neither party admitting wrongdoing.

Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said he was not aware of the settlement and had no comment.

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The settlement is the third involving Pfeifer and alleged flashlight beatings since 2008. Sacramento County previously paid $150,000 to settle a lawsuit over the beating of a parolee pulled over while driving a stolen car just three months before the Reyes beating.

The county also paid $20,000 to settle a woman’s lawsuit alleging Pfeifer beat her legs with a flashlight while trying to get her inside his patrol car.

Pfeifer is a 15-year veteran of the sheriff’s department and remains on duty, according to the Bee.

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