Terrance Kellom, a young black man who was killed during an arrest in Detroit last month, was shot in the back, the attorney for Kellom’s family claimed Friday — a claim that appears to contradict a federal officer’s earlier allegation that the shooting was justified because Kellom had charged at him with a hammer.
Mitchell Quinn, a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, shot Kellom the afternoon of April 27 during a raid at Kellom’s home in Detroit, according to Quinn’s lawyer and others. Several officers on a multi-agency fugitive apprehension task force were serving an arrest warrant for Kellom, 20, who had previously been charged in several crimes and was wanted as a suspect in an armed robbery of a pizza delivery person.
Attorney Karri Mitchell, who is representing Kellom’s family, initially said at a press conference Friday that he did not want to give details of the shooting so as not to jeopardize the investigation. But he later claimed that Kellom was shot multiple times, and at least one of those shots hit him in the back.
“He was shot in the back,” Mitchell said. “I actually saw the body myself with my own eyes.”
In addition to seeing Kellom’s body in person, Mitchell claimed he saw photos of the body that showed an entrance wound in Kellom’s back. He declined to say where the other gunshot wounds were located or how many times Kellom had been shot in total.
“I believe that [Quinn’s] version of the events is not accurate and he should be charged,” said Mitchell. “Simple as that.”
Mitchell’s claim appears to contradict the account given by Quinn, who is also black.
Source: Black Voices | Kate Abbey-Lambertz