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Police department identifies officers involved in shooting of Lodi man

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Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 2:12 pm

The Lodi Police Department has identified the two officers who shot and killed a man who police say was armed with a knife in a quiet neighborhood near Peterson Park last month.

On Jan. 25, Cpl. Scott Bratton and Officer Adam Lockie made contact with Parminder Singh Shergill, 43, on the 00 block of Elderica Way while responding to a disturbance call at his home, according to Lodi Police Lt. Sierra Brucia.

Police said Shergill was carrying a knife and lunged at officers before they opened fire.

Bratton has been with the Lodi Police Department since 2000 and was previously employed as an officer with the Manteca Police Department. Lockie has been a Lodi police officer since 1999.

Since the shooting, the police department has faced pressure from Shergill’s family, who have questioned the department’s depiction of event based on an independent investigation.

Jack Johal and Mark Merin, Sacramento civil rights attorneys hired by Shergill’s family, said they interviewed witnesses who say Shergill never lunged at or threatened officers. They said witnesses reported that Bratton and Lockie fired as many as 14 shots from 10 to 20 feet away.

Lodi police have not released information about the size or type of the knife Shergill was carrying, how many shots were fired or how far the officers were from Shergill.

The Lodi Police Department, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office and California Department of Justice are conducting a multi-agency protocol investigation, which could take months to complete, Brucia said.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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