Man Choked By Off-Duty LA Firefighter Agrees To $7.4M Deal

By Y. Peter Kang (February 7, 2019, 9:48 PM EST) -- A Southern California man who was choked to the point of unconsciousness by an off-duty Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter and also assaulted by a child actor-turned-firefighter agreed to end a civil suit against the men in exchange for $7.4 million, the man's attorneys announced Wednesday.

Samuel Chang, a 23-year-old college student, was giving away candy near his grandmother's house in Chatsworth on Halloween night in 2015 when off-duty firefighters Eric Carpenter and Michael Vitar — who starred in "The Sandlot" and other films — and three other men aggressively questioned him, prompting Chang to fear for his safety and flee,...

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