A man was shot and killed by police Monday night on Graham Drive, Yellow Elder Gardens, according to police.
Responding to reports of an armed male in the area, police said they saw a man who matched the reported description.
Police said upon approaching the man, he opened fire on the officers, who returned fire, hitting the man.
The man was taken to hospital, where he died shortly after.
Police said they recovered a .40 Glock 9mm pistol with an extended clip and six rounds of ammunition at the scene.
The aunt of the deceased, Shantell King, identified him as Shanton Forbes, 21.
King said that police never announced their presence before opening fire.
“… Our gate [is] always locked,” King said.
“They only [busted] open the gate and opened fire.
“They never said ‘police, freeze’ or ‘drop’, nothing like that.”
She added that there were children in the yard at the time of the incident.
“My thing is this: I don’t care about the shooting. If the police had announced, ‘Hey, police, freeze’ [or], ‘Hey, I’m a police’. [They said nothing] when they came in the yard, they only opened fire. That’s my thing,” King said.
“If it was me, as a civilian, if I had a gun on me, I would shoot back.”
Asked about the type of person her nephew was, King said, “I’m not swearing for Shanton, I’m not.
“At the time, he was very innocent, sitting in the yard with his brother just enjoying his brother’s birthday; that’s it.”
His younger brother, unable to speak, sat sobbing in the spot where his brother was killed.
This incident marks the second fatal police-involved shooting of the year.
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