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Independent autopsy: Man killed by police was shot 10 times

3 years 3 months 1 day ago Monday, September 07 2020 Sep 7, 2020 September 07, 2020 11:26 AM September 07, 2020 in News
Source: Associated Press
Michelle Pellerin, mother of 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin who was killed by Lafayette police on Aug. 21, wipes her eyes during a vigil held two weeks after her son's death. Photo: Andrew Capps/The Daily Advertister

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A private autopsy found a man killed by Louisiana police last month had been shot 10 times, according to an attorney representing his family.

Trayford Pellerin, who police said had a knife and was trying to enter a convenience store, was killed by officers on Aug. 21 in Lafayette.

The Daily Advertiser reports that Ronald Haley, an attorney for Pellerin’s family, said in a news release that Pellerin was killed in a “hail of gunfire.” The independent autopsy commissioned for the family shows the “extreme brutality and anguish that he suffered in his last moments,” he said.

Lafayette officers followed Pellerin, 31, on foot as he left a convenience store where he had created a disturbance with a knife, Louisiana State Police said. Stun guns failed to stop him, and the officers shot Pellerin as he tried to enter another convenience store, still with the knife, according to a news release.

The shooting death has prompted protests in Lafayette, a consolidated city and parish of about 244,400 in Louisiana’s Cajun country.

The newspaper reported that the autopsy, authorized by Pellerin’s mother, shows Pellerin was directly hit by police gunfire 10 times according to Haley. The autopsy didn’t find evidence that Pellerin was tased by officers who tried to use tasers on Pellerin, Haley said.

Ben Crump, another attorney representing the family, has said family members believe Pellerin may have been having a mental health crisis.

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