Southaven protesters call for justice for Ismael Lopez

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) - Protesters gathered outside Southaven Police Department headquarters to show their contempt for the recent shooting death of Ismael Lopez.

Lopez, a married father, was shot and killed at his home more than a week ago.

Southaven police went to the wrong address. They said Lopez, who had no active warrants or a criminal record, pulled a gun on them. They opened fire and killed Lopez.

Attorneys for Lopez's family said they saw his body at the coroner's office. They said Lopez had been shot in the back of the head. They also said he did not have a gun on him when he was shot.

The preliminary autopsy will not be released anytime soon.

"I don't want this just to fall to the wayside and see it just disappear," said protestor Rolando Rostro. "This is an injustice in the community and it needs to be rectified."

WMC Action News 5 investigators went to Southaven Police Department to get the report. We were told we had to go to the city attorney's office at City Hall to get it.

City Hall employees said the city attorney does not have an office at City Hall, and we were unable to contact the Southaven city attorney.

It is not clear why it is so difficult to get a police report. Despite the apparent stonewalling, we will stay on top of this investigation until we get answers.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case but is refusing to release any other details.

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