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Victim's family questions deadly officer involved shooting

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Javario Eagle's loved ones will spend Christmas without him.

“He’s shot now, and dead and gone and leaving behind his daughter,” said Latecia Pullens, cousin. 

Chattanooga Police say they received a call from Eagle Saturday morning and he was making unusual demands. Officers say when they arrived he was holding weapons.

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“At some point the suspect exited the apartment, armed with a handgun and a knife, and also in possession of that small child,” said Fred Fletcher, Chief of Police, Chattanooga Police Department. 

The family says the child was Eagle's four-year-old daughter.

“At least one witness has reported that the bad guy, the suspect leveled a weapon towards officers at least two times, officers did not engage him those times. It wasn't until they were rescuing the child and the armed suspect moved dangerously towards officers that they finally discharged their weapons,” said Fletcher.

Video shot moments after the shooting show officers rendering aid to Eagle. You also see and hear officers immediately securing the scene and establishing a perimeter.

Eagle’s cousin Latecia Pullens says she watched everything unfold. She says officers should not have killed her cousin and wants the shooting investigated. 

“He didn't have any weapons aimed at the police or nothing. He did what he was supposed to do. He did what he was supposed to do. He put his hands up, and he didn't resist arrest or nothing,” said Pullens. 

The case is being investigated by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office.

Count on Channel 3 to keep you updated on continuing coverage.
 

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