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Lodi Police Chief Mark Helms defends officers in shooting of Army veteran Parminder Shergill

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Timeline of the Parminder Singh Shergill shooting

Posted: Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:00 am

Lodi’s police chief, meeting privately last week with a small group of residents about a case that has roiled the town and its Sikh community, strongly defended the two officers who shot and killed a mentally ill Army veteran as he walked toward his mother’s home on a Saturday morning in January.

“You know, I have two very, very good police officers that are having a lot of trouble with this,” Chief Mark Helms said in an audio recording of the meeting that The Sacramento Bee obtained from a source. “And nobody’s thinking about them, either.”

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  • Simon Birch posted at 7:46 am on Sat, May 31, 2014.

    Simon Birch - Online Manager Posts: 170 Staff

    This has been fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • Katie Horak posted at 10:54 pm on Fri, May 30, 2014.

    SinfulDivinity Posts: 13

    What I would like to know is why is there another unrelated article from 2005 half-way through this article titled, "Timeline of the Hamid and Umer Hayat terrorism case" about the two muslim men who attended Al-Qaida training camp?! This needs to be fixed as it can be damaging to Parminder's family, since the two are in no way related! It makes Lodi look bad and it's in very bad taste. My heart goes out to Parminder's family and friends... There's no reason whatsoever to shoot someone 14 times who's wielding only a knife. If basic martial arts teaches you how to disarm an attacker holding a knife and there was more than one police officer, it should have been quite easy to disarm him....



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