Mother questions police action in death of her son

Mother questions police action in death of her son
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POSTED: Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Sunday, July 28, 2013 - 7:34pm

Tryis Wilkerson's family and friends are devastated. Sharon Wilkerson Thompson is Wilkerson's mom. She doesn't understand why her son was killed. Now she's demanding answers from Baton Rouge police.

"He wasn't wanted for no murder or nothing like that. He didn't shoot at them or nothing like that," Thompson said. "Why did you have to shoot him."

She said Baton Rouge Police told her that her son was dead.

"I asked him (the officer) why. I just hugged him around his neck, and I said why why," Thompson said.

Her son Tyris was killed only a few blocks away from his home. Police say two officers shot Wilkerson when he allegedly sped towards them in car.

Police say it happened around 12:20 am. Police say it started when they tried to pull Wilkerson for an expired temp tag near the 1400 block of Dalrymple. That's when they say Wilkerson drove off and police started to chase him ending at the intersection of south eugene and louisiana on the side of baton rouge magnet high.

Thompson said her son just finished with a date and was trying to get back home: "He was trying to make it back home because that's the way he comes home. "

She said her son was just scared.

"I guess he was afraid of polices you know and he just kept a going. He just fear you know," Thompson said.

She said her son got in trouble as a kid but was a changed man. He took care of his mom and his daughter. He was supposed to get baptised at church Sunday.

"He was loving," she said. "He gave his mother his last."

Thompson is still in shock something like this could happen to her baby.

Police officials said the officers didn't have time to get out the way. That's when police officer fired several shots into the car. Wilkerson's family doesn't agree.

"Why ya'll didn't shoot the tires. He wasn't trying to shoot ya'll he wasn't trying to kill ya'll," Thompson said.

"They got those little road things that they can put out that can make your tires go flat and stop you that way. Why did he have to get hit multiple times in the head," Shawanda Morrison, family friend, said.

Wilkerson's family and friends say they haven't got all the facts from police... they have a lot questions they still need answered.

Wilkerson's death is under investigation. For the original story click here.

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