Family of man shot by police invite chief to rally

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Posted: Sep 20, 2014 4:15 PM

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — The family of a Northern California man who was shot and killed by a police officer is scheduled to hold a rally and memorial, and the police chief has been invited to attend.

Family members of 24-year-old Richard "Pedie" Perez will be holding the event Saturday afternoon at a public park in Richmond.

Richmond Police Capt. Mark Gagan (GAY'-gen) says Perez was fatally shot while trying to grab the gun of Officer Wallace Jensen outside a liquor store on Sept. 14.

John Burris, an attorney representing Perez's family, says several witnesses dispute the police's account regarding the shooting and he plans to sue the department and the officer.

Gagan says Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus and other officers will attend Saturday's event after receiving an invitation from Perez's family.

The shooting is under investigation.