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Parents of teen shot by Edmond police request meeting with city officials

EDMOND — The parents of an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by Edmond police last month want answers from city officials.

Vicki and Troy Lewis, whose 17-year-old son Isaiah was killed, sent a letter to Edmond's mayor, city manager and police chief this week to request a meeting.

"The city of Edmond and the Edmond Police Department have failed Isaiah and our community," they wrote. "We implore you not to fail us again; please meet with us and answer the questions we have about this tragedy we are trying to deal with."

Casey Moore, public information officer for the city of Edmond, said Thursday afternoon that city officials were working on a response to the letter.

Lewis was shot to death April 29 after police said he broke into a home and assaulted officers who had followed him inside. Police said one of the officers fired a Taser at Lewis, who was reportedly naked and unarmed, but it had no effect.

Multiple shots were fired at Lewis, who was struck and died after being taken to a hospital.

Andrew M. Stroth, a Chicago attorney representing the couple, said Isaiah would have graduated from high school this weekend.

"They want to know what happened to their son and how can an unarmed, 17-year-old boy, naked and clearly in mental distress, after an hour or so pursuit end up unjustifiably shot and killed?" Stroth said.

Edmond police Sgt. Milo Box and officer Denton Scherman were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting.

Dozens of people who were angered by the shooting marched through the city in protest earlier this month. The Rev. T. Sheri Dickerson, executive director of Black Lives Matter OKC, called for the officers involved to be held “fully accountable for their actions.”

Prior to the shooting, Edmond police were notified of a domestic disturbance after two girls came to a house and said they had been assaulted by a boy and needed help. The girlfriend of Lewis told police that Lewis had “flipped out” and was acting strange after arriving at her house, police reported.

Police were then notified that Lewis was spotted by several witnesses running west on Lariat Circle and stripping his clothes.

Officers later located Lewis, who they said was hopping fences and running naked through a backyard. They saw him break into a home and followed him inside, police said.

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<strong>Vicki Lewis, mother of Isaiah Lewis , speaks to the crowd during a Black Lives Matter protest rally on the steps of the Edmond Police Department in Edmond, Okla.,  Friday, May 3, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Vicki Lewis, mother of Isaiah Lewis , speaks to the crowd during a Black Lives Matter protest rally on the steps of the Edmond Police Department in Edmond, Okla., Friday, May 3, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›

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