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Lawsuit: Man killed by Louisiana police did not have knife

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Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 5:58 PM CDT
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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by the parents of a Louisiana man killed by police says their son did not have a knife when he was killed.

Trayford Pellerin died Aug. 21 as he walked away from a convenience store in Lafayette. Police said the 31-year-old Black man was trying to go into another store while still holding the knife when officers shot him.

In Monday’s federal lawsuit, Pellerin’s family said the only knife seen in body camera footage and photographs after the shooting shown to them is one used to cut Pellerin’s clothing to give him first aid after he was shot. A private autopsy released by Pellerin’s family determined he was shot 10 times.