Household of man shot and killed by Harmony police needs federal investigation – Spectrum Information
Attorneys for the household of a person shot and killed by police in Harmony, North Carolina, are asking the Division of Justice to research the February capturing. The district lawyer on the time stated she wouldn’t prosecute the officer.
The physique digital camera video from Feb. 13 reveals Harmony police officer Timothy Larson ordering a person to get out of a pickup truck. The officer stated he discovered 29-year-old Brandon Combs, of Gastonia, making an attempt to steal a pickup from the Nissan dealership.
After the officer backs up, Combs will get out of the pickup, runs to the police officer’s SUV and will get within the driver’s seat.
Larson fired into the windshield of the police SUV 5 occasions, the video reveals, after which referred to as within the capturing. Then he fired one other spherical. When it was throughout, Combs was useless.
The Harmony Police Division fired Larson in Could for mendacity to investigators about staffing and what he was doing that night time earlier than the capturing. The Cabarrus County district lawyer on the time, Roxann Vaneekhoven, stated she wouldn’t cost Larson within the killing.
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Vaneekhoven stated she wouldn’t prosecute the police officer as a result of there was a rifle within the police SUV with Combs and the car was a menace. However legal professionals for the household dispute that.
“District Lawyer Vaneekhoven needs us to consider that officer Larson was responding to a menace on his life. However the video reveals a special story totally,” lawyer Harry Daniels stated in a press release Monday.
“It reveals that officer Larson was standing outdoors the car’s path the place the car posed no menace. It reveals Larson firing the primary shot earlier than the engine revved and, after firing 5 photographs and pausing to name in to dispatch, it reveals him capturing Brandon once more simply to ensure he was useless,” he stated.
Daniels, representing Combs’ mom Virginia Taraya, sued over the capturing final month.
The federal lawsuit states the officer didn’t attempt to give first assist to Combs after the capturing and that Combs was nonetheless alive when different cops eliminated him from the SUV. Combs died an hour later at Atrium Hospital in Cabarrus County.
The lawsuit accuses Lawson of utilizing extreme drive and town of wrongful dying.
Spectrum Information 1 reached out to the Metropolis of Harmony and the Cabarrus County District Lawyer’s Workplace for remark however has not obtained a response.