The family has hired a civil rights lawyer, Mark Merin, who disputed the police account during Friday’s candle light vigil and told reporters that his investigators found 14 bullet casings at the scene. Merin said witnesses told the investigators that Shergill at first refused to turn around when the officers tried to stop him.
“He didn’t turn around until, in front of his home, he turned around,” he said. “And put his hands up in the air and said, ‘Don’t shoot,’ at which time he was killed.” “It just seems like a totally unjustified wanton waste of human life,” Merin added. Shergill will be buried with full military honors at Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi.