The family of a Lodi man fatally shot by officers last month has filed a claim against the city of Lodi, stating essential evidence has not been released in a timely manner.
On Jan. 25, Cpl. Scott Bratton and Officer Adam Lockie contacted 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.
Since the shooting, the police department has faced pressure from Shergill’s family, who have questioned the department’s depiction of events based on an independent investigation.
Jack Johal and Mark Merin, Sacramento attorneys representing 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.
Now that pressure has developed into a claim against the city, filed on the family’s behalf by Merin. Filing such a claim is the first step in the process of a civil lawsuit.
The claim states the family has been seeking access to autopsy results, toxicology reports, reports of investigating officers, witness statements and photographs of the scene.
“Seized from his home immediately after his killing, not even Parminder’s personal diary and personal effects have been returned,” reads the claim.
The claim also states that eyewitness reports gathered by the family and attorneys conflict with the limited reports released by the Lodi Police Department.
The claim does not request that damages be paid. Instead, the family and their attorney are using the legal process to gain access to information they say should already have been released.
“The withholding of information related to the circumstances of Parminder’s death raises the public question as to whether the city is attempting to suppress the truth, which will eventually be discovered through the legal process,” the claim states.
The Lodi Police Department, 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 in a previous interview.
Brucia withheld comment on the claim on behalf of the police department, as he had not seen the claim as of Thursday evening.