Neighbors, eyewitnesses call Shelbyville police-action shooting into question

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SHELBYVILLE, IND. (September 23, 2015)- Several Shelbyville residents living in the 800 block of West Washington street are calling a police-action shooting into question. Video obtained by CBS4 that was taken during the standoff may be used to determine if the shooting was justified and if excessive force was used.

Neighbors who captured the video and watched the events unfold believe what police say happened and what they witnessed are not the same.

Indiana State Police, who are conducting the investigation, say 56-year-old Jerrald Wright was shot and later pronounced dead after roughly a 9-hour standoff with officers from the Shelbyville Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

Four officers from both departments shot Wright after officers say he exited a door, fired two shots at a police vehicle and then pointed the gun at officers.

Neighbors who spoke with FOX59 News, including those who captured the incident on home security video, said Wright did not shoot at a vehicle or point a gun at officers.

They also said they heard no gunfire from Wright's home in the moments before officers opened fire.

The video does not clearly show anyone in a doorway or on the porch of the home.

“I don’t like the way things were handled. They’re making statements that aren’t true. They’re saying the guy stepped out of his house and fired shots and that’s not true at all. I just don’t believe they’re telling the full truth about it,” said Kelly Kikendall.

Kikendall lives across the street from Wright's home. She says it was not a safe place to be during the incident.

“They should have evacuated us out of the house. There was tear gas coming in through the air conditioners. There's children in the area. Their eyes were watering, crying. We had a sniper. I almost tripped over in the backyard. We had no idea he was in the backyard, none," said Kikendall.

Josh Noel who also lives across the street says Wright was a good neighbor and a nice guy.

“I mean he'd help you out any way he could. He was a pretty nice going guy. Worked every day, supported his wife. She couldn’t work because she's disabled,” said Noel.

State police are aware of the video are not commenting on this ongoing investigation. They are encouraging anyone with video or pictures of what happened to contact them to help in their investigation.

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