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Attorney for family of slain man questions Missoula police shooting


MISSOULA, Montana — A lawyer representing the family of a man shot and killed by a Missoula police officer on New Year's Eve says he disagrees with an initial law enforcement determination that the shooting was justified.

The Missoulian reports ( ) police have said an officer shot and killed 20-year-old Kaileb Cole Williams because he was trying to strangle his girlfriend in a locked car and didn't respond to officers' orders to stop.

Detective Lt. Scott Newell of the Missoula County Sheriff's Office tells the newspaper that nothing in his investigation so far indicates the use of lethal force by Missoula Police Cpl. Paul Kelly was unjustified.

Missoula lawyer Terance Perry represents Williams' mother and fiancee. Perry says Williams was unarmed and that police are attempting to construct a justification for killing him.

Information from: Missoulian,

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