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Girlfriend demands answers in police shooting that killed a Gary man

Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 21, 2019

GARY — The girlfriend of a Gary man shot and killed by police officers in front of his home is calling for more transparency from police about what happened.

Authorities say on Saturday Rashad Cunningham was holding a weapon in his lap while sitting in the car with his friends when police shot and killed him.

Cunningham's girlfriend says Cunningham was licensed to carry a concealed gun. She's now demanding police dispatch recordings and for the officers' names to be released.

"I want answers," Heather Fox, Cunningham's girlfriend, said. "I want the dispatch recording that they said that there were shots fired near this vicinity. I want to know what their protocol is to approaching a car parked in front of their home. I want to know the protocol of that. I want to know what they're supposed to do. I want to know why there wasn't any put your hands up before I shoot or anything like that before they just loaded that gun into that car and shot him in front of two of his best friends, like, I just don't understand."

Gary police have declined to provide any more information about the case or the officers involved.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson promises the incident will be thoroughly investigated.