Cop on Domestic Violence Call Acted “Reasonably” in Fatal Shooting of JBLM Army Medic, Tacoma Police Say

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 was killed Aug. 31, 2012, after he was shot to death by a Tacoma, Wash., policeman who confronted Gavin during a domestic violence call outside Gavin’s ex-girlfriend’s home, Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell said. Police recovered a .45 caliber handgun at the scene, but it is unclear if Gavin pointed the weapon at the officer who shot him. The officer involved has not been named and has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation. It was the second time the officer had been involved in a shooting. Gavin had twice deployed to Iraq and was days away from a transfer Fort Carson. (DoD)

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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