Army Sergeant From Chicago Fatally Shot by Tacoma Police
by Carlos Sadovi
Chicago Tribune, Sept. 2, 2012
A U.S. Army medic from Chicago who had been deployed twice to Iraq was fatally shot by Tacoma, Wash., police who were responding to a domestic violence call on Friday.’
Sgt. Prince Gavin, originally of Chicago, had been stationed at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord but was in the process of being transferred to Fort Carson, Colo., at the time of his death, said his mother LaSandra Lartheridge. He was to report to Fort Carson on Sept. 10, said his mother.
Gavin was in the process of moving when police received a domestic violence call and found him with a gun when they arrived, said Lartheridge. His mother said Gavin was licensed to have and carry weapons and kept them for protection.
“The thing that I heard was that he and his ex-girlfriend got into it and he went to her house, the police were there and they said something to him,” said Lartheridge.
She said police shot twice, hitting him once in the chest.
“I know nothing except that my son was killed. I do know that my son would not have pointed the gun at a police officer,” said Lartheridge. “I want justice for my son because my son was a good person. (The officer) did not have to be so aggressive and kill my son.”
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