Family of teen shot by Edmond police plan news conference, attorney says
EDMOND — A civil rights attorney representing the family of an Edmond teenager who was fatally shot by police last month said the family plans to hold a news conference next week.
Isaiah Lewis, 17, was shot and killed April 29 after police said he broke into a home and assaulted officers who had followed him inside. Use of a Taser didn't stop him, police said. He was reportedly naked and unarmed.
A spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department said that agency completed its investigation and turned the results over to Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater on Monday. Prater could not be reached for comment Friday.
The officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Milo Box and officer Denton Scherman, were put on administrative assignment pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting.
The medical examiner's office reported that Lewis died from multiple gunshot wounds. Police haven't said how many times he was shot or whether one or both officers shot Lewis.
Last week, Lewis' parents sent a letter to Edmond's mayor, police chief and city manager requesting a meeting to discuss what happened to their son. The city manager and police chief wrote back saying they would not meet with the family, noting that the family had retained an attorney and citing concerns that a meeting "might interfere in the investigations." They instructed Lewis' parents that any future communications should be between the family's attorney and the city's attorney.
Dozens of people who were outraged by the shooting marched through Edmond in protest earlier this month, and the executive director of Black Lives Matter OKC called for the officers involved to be held "fully accountable for their actions."
Andrew M. Stroth, a Chicago attorney who is representing the family, said Wednesday's news conference in Oklahoma City would address the case.
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Prior to the shooting, Edmond police were notified of a domestic disturbance after two girls said they had been assaulted by a boy and needed help. Lewis' girlfriend 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.
Staff Writer Nuria Martinez-Keel contributed to this report.
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 ›
Nuria Martinez-Keel joined The Oklahoman in 2019. She found a home at the newspaper while interning in summer 2016 and 2017. Nuria returned to The Oklahoman for a third time after working a year and a half at the Sedalia Democrat in Sedalia,... Read more ›