Caller on 911 tape in police shooting: ‘He’s got a gun’

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Delaware Police Shoot Armed Man In Wheelchair.

A state civil rights leader said the mom was left “devastated” after her 28-year-old son, Jeremy, who is black, was shot several times by police as he sat in his wheelchair in broad daylight on a residential street in Wilmington Wednesday. “She had to fight to get into the morgue,” Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, told The News. “And then once she was in there, she saw her son riddled with bullets and his body cut open without her permission. Bobby Cummings, the police chief in Wilmington, Delaware, explained Thursday that the man, Jeremy McDole, did not comply as officers, weapons drawn, ordered him to raise his hands Wednesday, CNN reports.

— Investigators from the Delaware Department of Justice and Wilmington police are continuing to piece together what led four officers — three white and one Hispanic — to shoot and kill a black man in a wheelchair Wednesday. Governor Jack Markell made the remarks on Friday after meeting the family of Jeremy McDole, a 28-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by Wilmington police officers on Wednesday was filmed in graphic detail by a bystander. “The cellphone video footage of the officer-involved shooting in Wilmington on Wednesday shows Jeremy McDole being shot to death – it is deeply troubling to watch,” Markell said in a statement to the Guardian. Jeremy McDole died when police responded to a 911 call about a man who reportedly had shot himself and was still armed with a handgun, authorities said. “Please get the police here. City police say Jeremy “Bam” McDole was armed and reaching for a gun when the officers opened fire, but McDole’s family has denied he had a gun, pointing to a cellphone video posted to YouTube where one is not visible.

Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings said McDole — paralyzed from the waist down in a shooting 10 years ago — failed to obey officers’ commands to show his hands and was shot as he began to remove a gun from his waistband. But the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said a special prosecutor was needed to ensure an impartial investigation. “There’s been so many shootings, and every time it comes out it was a justified shooting. We cannot continue having all our folks being shot and nobody held accountable,” Richard Smith, the head of the NAACP’s Delaware chapter, told the AP. “Every time there was a shooting, it came back justified shooting. As the investigators searched, a makeshift memorial stood on the spot of the shooting, marked by yellow cones that have “bam” and “rip” scrawled on them.

Janvier declined Friday to answer questions, including ones about the number of shots fired, what preceded what is seen on the video, and the officers’ names. Robert Bovell, a Hilltop resident who has been with the family since the shooting, said he and McDole’s family are upset that city police haven’t given more details. The Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust is conducting its investigation separate from the Wilmington police, as is standard after a police shooting.

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