In a terrible turn of events, police officers in Southaven, Mississippi fatally shot an innocent man after they mistook his house for the house of a suspect.
According to local news station WMC Action News 5, Southaven police on Monday killed resident Ismael Lopez on Monday evening after arriving at his house in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant for a man named Samuel Pearman, whose house was located about a dozen yards away from Lopez’s.
Lopez’s wife, Claudia Linares, told Action News 5 that she and her husband were sleeping when they were awakened by commotion outside. Her husband went up to investigate the noise first, and Linares says that by the time she got up to join him, he had already been shot by police and was lying dead on the floor.
Police claim that they only shot Lopez him after repeatedly asking him to drop his weapon. However, some neighbors are disputing the officers’ account.
“I didn’t hear yelling,” neighbor Nicholas Tramel tells Action 5 News. Additionally, Tramel claims that he never heard police ask anyone to drop any weapons.
Attorney Murray Wells, who is representing Lopez’s family, says that “bullet holes suggest police shot through the door” of Lopez’s house.
Watch the report below: