Probe of police killings of two ‘asleep’ in car may soon conclude
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts releases statement on status of probe into Kisha Michael, Marquintan Sandlin killings INGLEWOOD — The early morning shooting by Inglewood Police SWAT officers that left two individuals dead one year ago
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts releases statement on status of probe into Kisha Michael, Marquintan Sandlin killings
INGLEWOOD — The early morning shooting by Inglewood Police SWAT officers that left two individuals dead one year ago remains under investigation, but according to Mayor James T. Butts the probe may soon yield results.
The shooting of Kisha Michael, 31, a single mother of three sons, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32, a single father of four daughters, occurred on Feb. 21, 2016, when police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle parked on Manchester Boulevard around 3 a.m. When police arrived, they engaged in a 45-minute-long standoff before opening fire on the man and woman inside the vehicle, killing them both.
During the tense street scene Inglewood police Lt. Scott Collins said in a statement at the time that officers approached a car that had stopped in the street. A woman in the car had a gun on her lap and officers took cover and ordered the man and woman out of the car, Collins said.
Officers then opened fire. Collins did not say what led officers to open fire.
Initially, Butts told KNBC4 News the officers found the people in the car unconscious and tried “to rouse” them and “de-escalate the situation” for about 45 minutes.
“At some point obviously they were conscious because somebody felt threatened,” Butts told the news station.
The statement by Butts was inconclusive. Witnesses at the scene said there was no tension as Michael and Sandlin appeared to be asleep.
The following statement is from Butts, Tuesday, Feb. 21 on the status of the investigations into the officer-involved-shooting deaths.
“There are currently two parallel investigations into the Inglewood Police Department officer-involved-shooting of one-year ago today that killed Kisha Michael, 31, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32,” Butts said. “One is a confidential internal investigation conducted by the Inglewood Police Department, and a second is by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.”
Butts said the Inglewood Police Department’s investigation and process should be concluded within 30 days. According to the mayor, any personnel action taken as a result of an internal investigation would be a personnel record, which, he said by California law AB 301 must remain held confidential by the City.
“I have confidence in the Chief of Police to take whatever actions are warranted by the department’s investigation in accordance with due process. I continue to send my prayers and heartfelt condolences to the family members of Ms. Michael and Mr. Sandlin,” Butts added.