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Man In Wheelchair, Who Police Say Was Armed, Shot And Killed In Del..

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Latest on shooting in which Delaware police say officers fatally shot a man in a wheelchair after responding to a call that he had a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound (all times local): Police say they were responding to a call about a man in a wheelchair suffering from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound when the fatal shooting took place Wednesday afternoon. Video that claims to have been taken at the scene, posted on YouTube by the channel Photography Is Not a Crime but later removed, showed an officer with his gun drawn. The Delaware Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust is investigating and will determine whether the officers acted within the law. Wilmington Police Chief Bobby Cummings, who was on the scene, said family members of the victim came to the place of the shooting and angrily confronted the police.

As The Christian Science Monitor previously reported, about 12 percent of the nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies employ some form of crisis intervention training to help officers respond compassionately to those afflicted by mental illness, but ultimately, training can only go so far.

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