Man killed by cop was asleep in his bed when police fired from outside the house, lawyer says – The Sun
A 21-YEAR-old man was killed by police as he slept in the bedroom of his house, a lawyer said.
Duncan Socrates Lemp's girlfriend was also wounded when cops opened fire outside the Maryland home, according to the family attorney.
The Montgomery County Police Department said Lemp "confronted" officers and was fatally shot early Thursday.
However, family members claim that cops had "absolutely no justification" for shooting Lemp.
“The facts as I understand them from eyewitnesses are incredibly concerning,” said lawyer Rene Sandler.
She said an eyewitness gave a "completely contrary" account of what took place.
A warrant that police obtained to search the Potomac home does not mention any “imminent threat” to law enforcement or the public, the family said in a statement.
Nobody in the house, which Lemp shared with his parents and brother, had a criminal record, the statement adds.
“Any attempt by the police to shift responsibility onto Duncan or his family, who were sleeping when the police fired shots into their home, is not supported by the facts,” reads the statement.
Cops said that officers were serving a "high-risk" search warrant at about 4:30 am when Lemp was killed.
Three rifles and two handguns were recovered from the home, and cops say Lemp was not allowed to possess firearms.
Family members say no one in the home heard warnings before cops opened fire.
“There is no warrant or other justification that would ever allow for that unless there is an imminent threat, which there was not,” Sandler said.
“We believe that the body camera footage and other forensic evidence from this event will support what Duncan’s family already knows, that he was murdered,” the family statement reads.
Cops say the “facts and circumstances of the encounter” are still under investigation.
Lemp worked as a software developer and was trying to raise money for a startup company.
“He was a talented, smart guy. Super nice. Didn’t deserve to get shot,” said Samuel Reid, whose software company employed Lemp.
Source: Read Full Article