Officers involved in deadly shooting remain off the job 4 months - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Officers involved in deadly shooting remain off the job 4 months later

(WMC-TV) - The police officers involved in the shooting of a man in a Wal-Mart parking lot remain off duty, almost four months after the incident. The shooting has been ruled a homicide.

George Golden was shot on March 27 in the parking lot of the Raleigh Wal-Mart. He died 10 days later.

His family put the pressure on the Memphis Police Department, wanting to know whether Golden died from a gunshot or excessive force after the shooting.

"It's our belief that this was not just a death from a gunshot," said the family's attorney, Jeff Rosenblum. "It was a death from a gunshot and beating after that gunshot and lack of oxygen to the brain from what we believe was excessive force after the shooting."

According to MPD, the incident with Golden began when off-duty officer Kimberly Houston saw Golden shoplifting at the Wal-Mart. Houston followed him out to the parking lot. That is when police say he became irate with on-duty officers Erica Washington and Leon Dickson.

Police say Golden then reached inside his waistband as if he was concealing a weapon. That is when officer Dickson fired his gun, hitting Golden. It was later determined Golden did not have a weapon.

The attorney general's office is investigating the incident to determine whether the officer was justified in shooting Golden.

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