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Family disagrees with police statements in shooting case

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RUSTON, La (KNOE 8 News) - The family and friends of Johnny Rico Richardson, a Ruston man who was shot a killed by deputies Friday, are pleading for help.

"My little brother did not have no gun. He was trying to get away from trouble because there was some trouble starting up here. When I got back, these police have shot him down," Archie Poe, Richardson's brother said.

His sister has taken to Facebook, asking for civil rights activist Al Sharpton's help. She said the police should be held accountable for the shooting death of her brother.

An online petition, Justice for Johnny Rico, is also circulating. Ruston mayor Dan Hollingsworth is the intended target for this petition. Signatures are coming from all around the country.

According to the Lincoln Parish Sheriff's Office, Richardson was shot and killed by a deputy after he drew a weapon. A small caliber, semi-automatic pistol was found at the scene and state police are investigating.

"We are collecting evidence, talking to witnesses and once that is done, we will turn everything over to the D.A.'s office," Albert Paxton with the State Police said.  

Paxton said the deputies are not at fault for a routine stop turning deadly.

"He pulled a gun and he escalated the situation to that point," Paxton said.  

But for now, the family is not relying on law enforcement for the final say.

"Whoever shot him better not work no more," the niece of Richardson said.  

State Police were called in as a third party to investigate the shooting.

 We'll continue to follow this story as more develops.


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