47-year-old Daniel Martin Jr. of Lawton Oklahoma was shot and killed by police in March after he called 911 to report vandals outside of his house.
The police responsible for the murder have been cleared of any wrong-doing by an internal investigation, and the death has been ruled “justified”.
When Mr. Martin spoke with the 911 dispatcher he warned them that he had a gun, and that he would be carrying it just in case the vandals were to break into his home.
However, somewhere this message got lost in translation, because when Martin opened his front door for the police, someone shouted “gun,” and Lawton police officers Elijah Garcia and Anthony Edwards fired multiple rounds, News Oklahoma reported.
Recordings later obtained of the exchange between the dispatcher and the police show that the police were warned that the victim would have a gun.
“They’re still at my front door,” he said.
The dispatcher asks if the vandals have a firearm, and Martin says he can’t tell. “But I have one,” he adds. “I’m inside with my weapon.”
Written by John Vibes
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