The Latest: Governor and mayor offer condolences to family

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Posted: Sep 24, 2015 8:44 PM
The Latest: Governor and mayor offer condolences to family

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Latest on shooting in which Delaware police say officers fatally shot a man in a wheelchair (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Delaware's governor and the mayor of Wilmington have expressed their condolences to the family of a man shot and killed by Wilmington police.

Gov. Jack Markell and Mayor Dennis Williams joined scores of people at a vigil Thursday evening for Jeremy McDole, who was killed Wednesday afternoon. The crowd prayed for healing, unity and justice. But some also vented their anger while the two elected officials listened quietly.

"The officers lined up as if they were in a firing squad," Robert Vozell, a friend of the family, angrily said, adding that the family needed financial help to bury McDole.

Williams pledged that he would try to help the family. "After that, we can pick up the pieces and go from there," he said.

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4 p.m.

Wilmington's police chief says a handgun was found by the side of a man fatally shot in a wheelchair by police officers.

Police Chief Bobby Cummings said Thursday that officers responded Wednesday afternoon to a report of a man who shot himself and 28-year-old Jeremy McDole was still armed with a handgun when they arrived.

Cummings says officers approached McDole and asked him to put the weapon down. He says as McDole removed the gun from his waist, and officers "engaged him." He says a .38-caliber gun was found by McDole's side.

He says the officers are on administrative duty, but he didn't say how many.

Cummings says he assured McDole's family of a thorough and proper investigation. He spoke at a news conference with Mayor Dennis Williams.

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12 p.m.

The uncle of a man in a wheelchair who was shot to death by police says the shooting was "an execution" by officers.

Wilmington police say the man in the wheelchair was armed with a handgun.

The man has been identified by police as 28-year-old Jeremy McDole, according to spokeswoman Sgt. Andrea Janvier.

McDole's uncle, Eugene Smith, was among a crowd of about a couple of dozen people who gathered Thursday at the scene of the shooting.

"It was an execution. That's what it was. I don't care if he was black, white, whatever," Smith said.

McDole is black. The race of the officers involved was not immediately released.

Police say they were responding to a call about a man in a wheelchair suffering from a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound when the fatal shooting took place Wednesday afternoon.

Police plan a news conference Thursday afternoon to talk about the shooting.

(This corrects a previous version that identified the man in the wheelchair. His last name is McDole, not McDowell.)

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The police chief and mayor in Wilmington, Delaware, plan to hold a news conference to talk about a man in a wheelchair who was shot and killed by officers.

Police have said the man was armed when they shot him. Officers were responding to a call about a man in a wheelchair who had a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police Chief Bobby Cummings and Mayor Dennis Williams plan to hold a news conference Thursday at 3 p.m.

The Delaware Department of Justice's Office of Civil Rights and Public Trust is investigating and will determine whether the officers acted within the law. The agency investigates all police shootings that result in injury or death.