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Delaware Justice Department Investigates Fatal Police-Involved Shooting of Man in Wheelchair

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Delaware’s Justice Department is investigating the fatal police-involved shooting of a man in a wheelchair, the Washington Post reports. 

During a call about a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound, Wilmington police encountered a disabled man, who is black, armed with a handgun, police said.

A video shows officers approaching the man with guns drawing, demanding that he drop the weapon.

An officer fired a single gunshot after yelling, “Show me your hands!”

The man was shot several more times after appearing to get up from the chair.

He died at the scene.

“The office will take these steps as quickly as possible in order to provide an account of the incident to the public,” the department said in a statement. “Making a determination about whether a person — including a police officer — should be criminally prosecuted under Delaware law is the responsibility of the Delaware Department of Justice and the department will make that determination following investigation in this case.”

FBI Probes Fatal Police Shooting of Double Amputee in Houston

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether a Houston police officer used excessive force by fatally shooting a double-amputee in a wheelchair at a home for the mentally ill, the Associated Press reports.

The AP said police were responding to a call about an irate one-armed, one-legged man who wouldn’t come down.

One of the officers said he shot the 45-year-old amputee in the head because he felt cornered by the wheelchair and feared his partner was in danger by what turned out to be a ballpoint pen, according to the AP.

“It is my desire to have everyone reserve judgment until all the facts and evidence in this investigation have been gathered,” Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland said.