The family suing Little Rock police over the fatal shooting of an elderly man in his apartment have asked the U.S. Justice Department to mount a civil rights investigation of the death and the department’s use of deadly force.
Eugene Ellison, 67, the father of one current and a former Little Rock officer, was fatally shot in his apartment in December 2010 after two off-duty officers — Donna Lesher and Tabitha McCrillis — working as security guards entered the apartment to check on Ellison. They say he reacted violently. The shooting was ruled justified. The family has contended that the internal investigation was flawed because the homicide division that did the work was under supervision of one of the officer’s husband and that evidence is inconsistent with the accounts given by officers.
I’ve sought a comment from LRPD.
UPDATE: Sgt. Cassandra Davis issued this statement:
The Department has complied with all request by The Department of Justice (DOJ) for information and or records in the death investigation of Mr. Eugene Ellison. Those records were made available to the DOJ in 2011. Since the case involving the death of Mr. Eugene Ellison is still in litigation the department will not make any comments as they relate this case.