Gambian shot by U.S. police in Georgia

Jun 1, 2020, 11:02 AM | Article By: Arfang M.S. Camara

Momodou Lamin Sisay, a Gambian living in Georgia is another victim of police shooting in the USA.

The 39-year-old victim (Momodou) is the son of diplomat Lare Sisay.

Momodou Lamin Sisay was killed after a shooting that happened on Temple Johnson Road near Pate Road in Snellville, Georgia, according to U.S. local media.

Authorities said it started off at a traffic stop around 4 a.m. and then turned into a chase.

“The driver of the vehicle took off at full-speed and refused to stop,” Snellville police said. “Officers attempted at PIT maneuver on the vehicle, took the vehicle off the roadway.”

According to the victim’s father, Lare Sisay, who was speaking in an interview with the local media said they (family) members are not accepting or disputing the narrative from the Georgian police but added that they intend to do their own investigation in to circumstances leading to Momodou’s death.

The Snellville police reported that “the subject produced a handgun and began firing at the officers. There was an exchange of gunfire.”

Mr. Sisay rubbishes that report and said that: “They literally walked towards the car and since this officer reported that he brandished a weapon, they made no attempts to frisk him, to ask him to come out of the vehicle or to say drop your weapon. They just shot. Multiple shots were fired and he died on the spot.”

“We’re not saying we accept or dispute the narrative but we want to wait until the autopsy report is out and we do our own investigation. We will do an independent autopsy and we want to get a private investigator to investigate the circumstances of his death and if necessary hire a lawyer to sue the Georgia state police. We’re not going to let it go.

Mr. Sisay added that: “[I spoke with him] just a few days ago. He’s a very pious somebody, goes to the mosque and prays and even when he was in school, he wasn’t into any sort of trouble that I am aware of. So to say that he has a gun. This is somebody who abhors violence, he does not like violence of any kind.”

Meanwhile, The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been called to investigate a police shooting involving the Snellville police department and the Gwinnett County police department that let to Momodou’s death.

Snellville police called in a SWAT (special weapons and tactics team) from Gwinnett County to assist.

“At one point he (Momodou) lifted up his firearm and pointed it at our officers,” Cpl. Michele Pihera with Gwinnett County Police Department said. “One of our officers assigned to the SWAT team fired one round.”

Pihera said right now, they don’t know if that round hit the suspect, but he was later found dead in the car.

Some reportings from WSD TV2.