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Delaware police say officers fatally shot an armed man in wheelchair after responding to a call that he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Wilmington police said in a news release that they encountered the man Wednesday afternoon "armed with a handgun." Authorities say a shooting occurred and the man died at the scene. The news release did not elaborate, and police would not release any additional information. The races of those involved weren't released. According to a city spokeswoman, police Chief Bobby L. Cummings went to the scene and met with neighbors and relatives. 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.
Cell phone video taken at the shooting scene shows multiple Wilmington police officers with guns drawn telling him to raise his hands into the air. One shot sounds, but it’s unclear whether the man was hit, as the camera moves away.
The video could not immediately be verified as capturing Wednesday’s shooting but the setting, near garages off Tulip Street and in front of a grey Mercedes, appears to match the scene where the police investigation was centered.
Police continue to advance in the video, repeatedly shouting at the man to raise his hands in the air. He appears to physically move his legs and adjust himself in the chair, before reaching into his pocket.
Multiple shots then ring out, striking the man before he slumps over and falls out of the wheelchair.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: introvert
a reply to: Vasa Croe
a reply to: slapjacks
Yea, I'm going to say this was an unfortunate outcome but a justified shooting based on what I can see in the video. I'd have liked to see some sort of non-lethal measure used; I don't think this guy was going to be putting up too much of a fight looking at the blood on his shirt and how slowly he was moving.