DALLAS (KRLD) - An attorney for the man suspected in the July 25 shooting of a Black Lives Matter demonstrator is claiming self-defense.
In a prepared statement, attorney Clint Broden says Daniel Perry shot protestor Garrett Foster out of Perry's fear for his own safety.
Foster was taking part in a protest in Austin when the gunfire erupted. Perry was working as a shared ride driver and was unaware of the demonstration when he turned a corner and found himself squarely in the midst of the demonstrators, the statement says. It goes on to claim Foster approached Perry, an active-duty U.S. Army Sergeant, with a rifle. The statement claims that Perry at first thought Foster was a member of law enforcement and rolled down his window.
"It became apparent to Sgt. Perry that the individual with the assault rifle was not with law enforcement. It has now been confirmed by several witnesses that this individual with the assault rifle then began to raise the assault rifle toward Sgt. Perry. It was only then that Sgt. Perry, who carried a handgun in his car for his own protection while driving strangers in the rideshare program, fired on the person to protect his own life." the statement says
Over the last week, Foster's family has said in interviews that Foster was also former military. They say he took part in demonstrations out of social concern.
The statement by Broden asks that everyone let the investigation play out before drawing conclusions.