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Lodi police release findings in Parminder Shergill shooting

The Lodi Police Department released information Tuesday morning regarding an investigation on the fatal shooting of a Sikh man that happened on Jan. 25, 2014.


The report, published by the San Joaquin County district attorney, found that Lodi police Cpl. Scott Bratton and officer Adam Lockie were legally justified and acted reasonably when they shot 43-year-old Parminder Singh Shergill, an Army veteran with post traumatic stress disorder.

On the day of the incident, Lodi police reported that Shergill attacked the officers with a knife. The shooting stirred controversy after Shergill's family filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Lodi in April.

In February, a legal claim was filed against the Lodi Police Department which included charges that the department might have be withholding information about the officer-involved shooting.

It was Jan. 25 when police were called for help by the family of Shergill. The 911 call released by police included "my brother in law, paranoid schizophrenic and he's going crazy. He's yelling, he's attacking my mother in law."

Another recording released by police contained a radio call by an officer who located Shergill. "He has a knife in his right hand, he's refusing my commands," is heard on the recording."

A moment later, Shergill was shot and killed.


Shergill's family attorney Mark Merin said Shergill was a Gulf War vet who suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Merin said everyone in the neighborhood knew him as a kind and gentle man. He said eyewitnesses dispute the official account, claiming Shergill was unarmed and never charged at officers.

"He never brandished any weapon," Merin said. "And nobody saw a knife in his hands."

Read the news release of the report below: