Part of 911 tape released in wheelchair shooting

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911 caller before police fatally shot man in wheelchair repeatedly says, ‘He’s got a gun’.

WILMINGTON, Del. WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A 911 caller repeatedly tells a dispatcher that a man in a wheelchair who was shot and killed by police had a gun, according to a partial tape released late Friday by Wilmington Police.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. 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. Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings said Thursday that McDole, who was paralyzed in a shooting 10 years ago, did not obey commands to show his hands and refused to put his weapon down, and that he was shot as he began to remove the gun from his waist. The caller, who is so frantic she becomes short of breath, repeatedly says the man has a gun. “Please get the police here, he shot himself, he’s still got a gun in his hand,” she said. The shooting is being investigated by the police department’s criminal investigation and professional standards units, as well as the Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust, which will determine whether any officers will be charged. 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. Video of the shooting posted online, which the chief said appeared to be authentic, shows an officer approaching McDole with a gun drawn, shouting “show me your hands” and “drop the gun.” Other officers then appear in the video with guns drawn, yelling similar commands. 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.

Alexandra Coppadge, a spokeswoman for the city of Wilmington, said in an email with the 911 call that it was released “to address the specific question of whether Mr.

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