A MAN who was allegedly shot and killed by police in Florida has been identified by his father as a father who helped to save the life of his toddler.
According to reports, Thomas Lee was shot and wounded by police responding to a call of a person in distress, which turned out to be a 4-year-old boy.
“He had to have been conscious,” Lee’s father, Mike Lee, told WSJ.
“He wasn’t breathing.”
The officer who shot and fatally wounded Lee, who was later identified as 28-year veteran Officer Michael Wray, is expected to be charged with murder and misconduct in office, police said.
Police said they were called to a home on Lake St. Lucie, Florida, on March 19 for a report of a man in distress.
The man told police that he had been in a fight with his parents and was in a bedroom with the door open when the officer arrived, police spokesman Officer Mike Kelly said.
The officer charged with murder has not been publicly identified.
Officers were called in to investigate a 911 call made by a woman who said that a child had been shot, and that the man was in the room, Kelly said, adding that the officer then opened fire on the child.
Authorities said that the child was shot several times, but that no one else was injured.
Mike Lee told WSGU he called 911 after his son was shot.
“[The officer] said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,'” he said.
“I said, I’m not sorry, but I’m trying to help my son.”
“I don’t know what I would do without my son.
My son is my life, my soul, my life,” he said, referring to the toddler.
“You know, my son was a great son, and I never could have been with him, I never wanted him to be in that situation, I didn’t want him to have to have that kind of pain.”
Kelly said that Lee’s son had a black eye and was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Lee was a father of two young children.
Michael Lee said that he was not surprised that Lee had been involved in the shooting.
He said that, while he doesn’t know why the officer shot his son, he does know that he wasn’t in a position to intervene, nor did he think he was capable of stopping the shooting, Mike Lee told WSGO.
Kelly added that the department was investigating the incident and was looking into whether the officer violated department policy.
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