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LODI, CALIF. — Sikh community members in the Central California city of Lodi are questioning why police shot and killed an Army veteran whose family and friends say suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Deshmesh Darbar Sikh Temple in Lodi on Friday night to mourn and demand answers in the Jan. 25 death of 43-year-old Parminder Singh Shergill near the home he shared with his mother.
Lodi police say two officers shot Shergill multiple times after he lunged at them with a knife. Friends and relatives say the Gulf War veteran’s worried mother called police to look for him after he abruptly left the house while in a bad mental state.
The family has hired a civil rights lawyer who told reporters during Friday’s candlelight vigil that witnesses have disputed the police account.