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Family of police involved shooting victim "want justice"

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Latecia Pullens chokes up when she thinks about what happened to her cousin 24-year -old Javario Eagle, Saturday.

Pullens was there right before officers shot her cousin. 

During four minutes of cell phone video you can hear officers and Pullens plead with Eagle to cooperate.

The video stops during the first round of gunfire, the person recording says he dropped the phone, but picks it up second later and records more. 

Eagle was on the ground, officers say he was still a threat and opened fire again.  

“He was already down, what made them for the love of Christ, if they even serve a god would make them run over there and overly kill my son and shoot him up like that,” said Katina Eagle Dunnigan, Javario’s mother.

A leading expert in use of force and training for law enforcement is Signal Mountain Police Chief, Mike Williams.

Williams' department is not involved in this case, but he confirms that even after a suspect goes down, officers must still assess the threat and may need to continue shooting.

Another concern for officers was the safety of a little girl Eagle had at some point during the standoff.

 “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. 

“He loved her. Every picture, every video you see him and his child. He would not do anything to harm his child,” said Dunnigan. 

CPD is aware of the family concerns, and says it is cooperating with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

As this family prepares to spend Christmas without a loved one, they want reassurance that everything was by the book.

“My son is dead, but you got him in handcuffs anyway like an animal. I don't understand this. I want justice! I want justice!” said Dunnigan.

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