Louisiana police shot a man trying to enter a supermarket with a knife, authorities said Saturday. The shooting was videotaped and the state ACLU condemned what it called a “terrible and fatal incident of police violence against a black person.”
Louisiana Police said in a statement that officers from the Lafayette Police Department were called to a store on Friday at 8pm. about a man’s fault with a knife. When the agents tried to arrest him, he fled. Officers used tasers, but they were ineffective, the statement said.
Louisiana Police police said the man was still armed with a knife when he tried to enter another supermarket that was busy when he was shot. The man, identified as 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin, was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. No officer was injured.
Louisiana State Police said they were invited by the Lafayette Police Department to conduct the investigation.
The Louisiana ACLU called for an investigation into the murder and identified Pellerin as black.
“Once again, the video footage captured a horrific and fatal incident of police violence against a black person who was brutally killed before our eyes,” chief executive Alanah Odoms Hebert said in a statement Saturday.
“Trayford Pellerin should still be alive today. Instead, a family cries and a community cries, “the statement read.” None of our communities are safe when the police can kill people with impunity or when routine encounters turn into deadly shootings.
Police in Louisiana shot and killed a man as he tried to enter a convenience store with a knife, authorities said Saturday. https://t.co/d0SvyMIjY1
— Cianna Reeves (@ciannareevestv) August 22, 2020
Attorney Ben Crump, who represented Pellerin’s family, described the shooting as “merciless” and his death “tragic”.
“The officers involved should be fired immediately for their heinous and deadly acts,” Crump said in a statement Saturday.
The incident was the third shooting by Lafayette police since mid-July. State police said a man was seriously injured last month after being killed in an altercation with police. Another man was in stable condition after being shot to death during a burglary investigation earlier this month.