Family and friends of an unarmed man shot and killed by a Leavenworth police officer on Tuesday night held a protest outside of the Leavenworth County Detention Center. The protesters are demanding an investigation following the killing of Antonio Garcia Junior.
Several dozen family members, friends and citizens chanted and held a variety of signs high in the air, shouting for what they call “Justice for Antonio Garcia Junior.”
The 47-year-old man was shot and killed in the 1700 block of Rose Street.
“We’re calling for an investigation into the circumstances,” son Antonio Garcia III said.
The police department called in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to investigate after the officer said he shot and killed Garcia while responding to a call about a stolen vehicle and domestic disturbance, reported Fox 4 KC.
The police department said in a news release that the officer arrived on scene just after 8 o’clock that night and reported the shooting shortly after he arrived.
“Nobody believes it right now. This is something nobody would’ve ever imagined that would happen, so of course we’re devastated,” Garcia III said. “He was a good man. He was a good dad.”
“He was unarmed. He was on his own property. He was in his own car and he was shot five times and he died from those shots,” Garcia III said. “We just want justice, like nothing can bring him back.”
Leavenworth County District Attorney Todd Thompson said “he welcomes anyone to voice their opinions and express their first amendment rights.”
“That’s what I want the community to know, that we understand the need to conduct a very timely, thorough investigation,” Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said.
Thompson says it will be several weeks before the KBI completes their investigation. Details are not being given out while the investigation is under way.
(Article By James Carter)