TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The family of a Tulsa-area teenager who was fatally shot by police says the teen was driving away from the officer when he was shot, contradicting law enforcement reports on the incident.
State investigators are looking into the shooting death this week of 16-year-old Logan Simpson, the Tulsa World reported .
The teen’s mother, Tiffany Simpson, called Bixby police Sunday after the teen told her someone was attacking his brother outside their home, said Kevin Adams, the family’s attorney. Logan Simpson left in his car without his parents’ knowledge during the altercation, which prompted his mother to tell police someone had stolen the car.
When officers arrived at the home, Tiffany Simpson told them that she had been mistaken about it being stolen and that it was her son who had the car, Adams said.
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According to an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation news release, police searching for a stolen vehicle encountered Logan Simpson, who police said drove at an officer’s squad car, leading to an officer opening fire and killing the teen.
The family said Thursday that Logan Simpson had been driving away when he was shot, and they reiterated that he was driving his own car. Adams pointed to a picture appearing to show bullet holes behind the driver’s side door and along the side. He also mentioned medical records that he said indicate Logan was nearly shot in the back. An autopsy report hasn’t been completed.
“I’ve spoken to experts. I’ve spoken to former law enforcement,” Adams said. “There’s no way possible for him to have been driving toward the officer and then have the officer shoot him through the door. It’s our belief that the officer shot him as he drove past.”
The family is planning to sue the city, Adams said. He said he also wants to see charges filed against the officer who shot Logan Simpson. The Bixby Police Department didn’t respond to the newspaper’s comment request.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com