Nicole Wortham

(Willmar MN-) The City of Willmar has reached a settlement with a former Willmar police officer who was seriously injured in a violent incident nearly 3 years ago. On May 5th 2020 then-officer Nicole Wortham responded to a report of a man with a knife threatening his mother at a home in southeast Willmar. In the process of trying to arrest 38-year-old Jose Reyna Lozano, Wortham was stabbed several times in the neck and shoulder before Lozano took his own life. Wortham later resigned from the Willmar Police Department. City Administrator Leslie Valiant says the city council Monday night approved a $125,000 settlement with Wortham and the Public Employees Retirement Association...

...Valiant says in the past, The State of Minnesota had a fund to help public safety officers affected by post traumatic stress disorder, but in recent years there have been so many claims that the fund has dried up. Valiant says she hopes the legislature comes up with some guidance for cities dealing with these types of cases...

...Valiant says she wishes Wortham the best and says Waite Park is currently working through a similar situation.