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Thursday, June 17, 2010
DEXTER LUCKETT, 23: Man shot and killed in Bellflower by Sheriff Deputies was "unarmed" according to family members. Investigation launched. Family outraged.
By Randy Economy
June 17, 2010
Tonight there are lots of questions surrounding the death of a local 23-year old Bellflower man who was shot several times by local Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies in a residential area off of Alondra and Bellflower Boulevard's on Wednesday.
The dead 23-year-old man is Dexter Luckett of Bellflower who succumbed after being shot several times by local Sheriffs.
His family and friends are speaking out and demanding answers, and local media outlets are covering this situation tonight. (Great clip from reporter Carlos Granda from Eyewitness News here in Los Angeles).
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says when they received the call, there were reports of gunshots and when they arrived at the apartment complex deputies entered the situation "assuming" there was a gun.
When deputies arrived, they spotted Luckett and ordered him to put his hands on the hood of the patrol car.
After being told "repeatedly" to comply with the officers demands, Luckett allegedly reached for his waist band and this is when officers opened fire striking Luckett multiple times. He died at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
No weapon was found on Luckett and even Sheriff officials say that it does appear at this time that Luckett was indeed unarmed. An investigation has been launched due to the circumstances of the incident and it should take 90 days to complete. As soon as additional information is announced, I will update our community here.
Tell me your thoughts? Do you live by this incident? (I'm around 2.5 miles from Alondra and Bellflower and heard all the helicopters right after this took place).
BTW...why aren't more members of the media covering this incident?
Tonight my heart goes out to the family and friends of Dexter.
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