Federal probe sought in police shooting of man in wheelchair

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Posted: Sep 29, 2015 7:39 AM

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A county councilman is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair by Wilmington, Delaware, police officers.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Delaware U.S. Attorney Charles Oberly on Monday, New Castle County Councilman Jea Street says tension in the African-American community is "potentially explosive" and the situation "cries out" for an impartial investigation. The police department and Delaware Department of Justice are investigating.

Authorities say 28-year-old Jeremy McDole was fatally shot last week after police responded to a 911 call about man who shot himself and was still armed. Cellphone video shows officers telling McDole to drop his weapon and McDole reaching for his waist area before shots erupt. Authorities say they found a gun near his body.