The Lodi Police Department has identified the two officers involved in a Jan. 25 shooting that left a Gulf War veteran dead.
In a news release, department veterans Cpl. Scott Bratton and Officer Adam Lockie were named as the pair involved. Bratton has been with the Lodi Police Department since 2000 and Lockie since 1999, the release said.
According to police reports, the officers shot 43-year-old Parminder Singh Shergill after he charged at them with a knife.
Shergill’s family has a different story and says they have witness accounts to prove it. Shergill served in the Gulf War and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. His mother had called police, worried about her son’s state of mind.
Shergill was a Sikh, and the death has prompted questions and outrage in the local Sikh community. Few details have been released to the public, including how many shots were fired and details about the knife officers recovered at the scene. Multiple agencies, including the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, Lodi Police Department and the state Department of Justice are investigating.
Lodi police characterized the probe as a way to address the concerns of the community, noting that a full investigation may take months to complete.
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