Mother calls shooting of son by Del. police ‘an injustice’

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Mother calls Delaware police shooting of son in wheelchair ‘unjust’.

Sept. 24, 2015: The scene of where Delaware police officers fatally shot an armed man in wheelchair after responding to a call that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound, is seen in Wilmington, Del. (AP) The mother of a wheelchair-bound Delaware man killed in an officer-involved shooting called the incident “unjust” Thursday, but authorities claimed the man was pulling a handgun from his waist when officers shot him to death.

Officers said they fired on Jeremy McDole, who was paralysed from the waist down, as he tried to reach for a handgun tucked into the waistband of his jeans. Officers responded to a report of a man who had shot himself, and when they arrived, Jeremy McDole was “still armed with a handgun,” Police Chief Bobby Cummings said during a news conference. The police officer continues to yell at the man, demanding that he show his hands and repeatedly shouting, “Drop the gun,” with bystanders yelling in chorus “Drop the gun.” The police officers continue shouting for McDole to show his hands, then the camera zooms in and blood can be seen around McDole’s neck area. The department’s criminal investigation and professional standards units, as well as the Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust are investigating the incident to determine whether any officers will be charged.

Smith said he was with his nephew about 15 minutes before shooting and he didn’t see a gun. ‘‘He had a book bag, but I never seen a gun,’’ he said. ‘‘It was an execution. At least seven small yellow chalk circles were on the pavement across from where McDole was shot, according to The Associated Press, presumably outlining where the shell casings landed.

Late Thursday, about 100 people gathered outside of Phyllis McDole’s home for a candlelight vigil and expressed their frustrations about the shooting. McDole was paralyzed when he was shot in the back in 2005 by a friend he had been walking around a neighborhood with while smoking marijuana, according to court documents.

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