LODI, Calif. - Lodi Chief of Police Mark Helms reacted Friday to the legal claim filed the day before that includes charges his department may be withholding information about an officer-involved shooting from last month.
"There's no question it's a horrible tragedy for the community and our officers, but to say the Lodi Police Department is withholding information is false and offensive to me," Helms said.
The claim filed contends the shooting of 43-year-old Parminder Shergill was unjustified, and Lodi officials have been slow to deliver information from the investigation. Shergill was an Gulf War veteran suffering from PTSD when police say he approached an officer with a knife.
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Helms said he expected legal action to follow Shergill's shooting, but not questions over his department's response.
"I'm not at all dismayed by the claim. But it's the insinuation that we're doing something less than ethical is offensive," Helms said. "These officers in this incident are veterans, respected and well-trained. They did what they were trained to do. It's a difficult pill to swallow but this is a person who attacked police with a knife."