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Family wants fatal officer-involved shooting case reopened

Added 08-12-20 10:03:01pm EST - “The parents of a man who died after being shot by a Juneau police officer want the state to reopen its review of the case, citing evidence one of their attorneys says indicates the officer was "formulating" a plan to shoot Kelly Stephens.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Family wants fatal officer-involved shooting case reopened”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The parents of a man who died after being shot by a Juneau police officer want the state to reopen its review of the case, citing evidence one of their attorneys says indicates the officer was “formulating” a plan to shoot Kelly Stephens.

Attorneys for Stephens’ parents, during an online news conference Wednesday, offered video footage they said was released to them through a records request. They contend audio from Officer James Esbenshade’s body camera, which they had enhanced and transcribed over the video, indicated the officer was saying such things as, “If you came at me with that, I’d shoot you. Drop you dead. You can’t do that.” The police report they cited contained similar language.

Stephens had been accused of threatening a grocery store patron and swinging a long chain before the fatal shooting.

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Attorney Ben Crittenden said the comments they are seeking to draw attention to came after the officer responded to the incident at the store to take a witness report late on Dec. 28. The shooting occurred at an apartment complex after midnight on Dec. 29.

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