Lawyer for Dijon Kizzee's Family Disputes LASD's Claim Over Loaded Pistol


The lawyer for Dijon Kizzee's family disputes the LA County Sheriff's Department's claim that Kizzee was holding a loaded pistol when he was fatally shot by deputies.

Attorney Carl Douglas describes the shooting as an "execution."

He says, in a statement, that witnesses reported Kizzee had "nothing in his hands when the younger deputy fired his first three shots at him."

"The deputies saw the gun and drew their pistols as Kizzee stopped, bent over, reached back and picked up the pistol," Sheriff's Capt. Kent Wegener says. "Each deputy fired at Kizzee striking him several times in the torso causing the gun to, again, fall to the ground."

This latest account of the Aug. 31 shooting that's prompted several protests is different from earlier ones in which department officials said Kizzee was shot after dropping the gun or moving towards it.

"It's not a discrepancy at all. He did make a motion towards the gun and he actually recovered the gun and pointed it at the deputies,"  Sheriff Alex Villanueva says. 

The deputies fired a total of 19 shots.

According to Douglas, 16 were fired after Kizzee was down and "clearly mortally wounded...posing no threat to any deputy."

Wegener says the deputies initially tried to stop Kizzee for riding his bike on the wrong side of the street.

Asked why they went after Kizzee for a minor violation, Villanueva pointed to local arrests of "people with guns" and said "this is a very dangerous community."

Response from Carl Douglas, attorney for Dijon Kizzee’s family @KNX1070

— Claudia Peschiutta (@ReporterClaudia) September 18, 2020