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    Parminder Singh Shergill, Iraq war veteran killed by Lodi Police on Saturday, January 25, 2014.

  • José Luis Villegas /

    At a vigil Friday, Kulbinder Sahota comforts her mother, Sukhwinder Kaur, as she sits next to a photograph of her son, Parminder Singh Shergill, whom Lodi police fatally shot last Saturday after they said he lunged at officers with a knife.

  • José Luis Villegas /

    Community members are searching for answers to what occurred when the Army veteran encountered police.

Lodi police release names of officers involved in Jan. 25 shooting

Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 - 12:14 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 - 10:33 am

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.

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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