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Posted on 08/02/2018 1:25:31 PM PDT by beaversmom
DENVER The stepson of the man shot and killed early Monday morning by Aurora police says there were just seconds between when his stepfather shot the man whod broken into their home and assaulted his son and when police shot his stepfather dead.
Chad Hayashi spoke to ABC News on Wednesday about the police shooting that left his stepfather, Richard Gary Black, Jr., dead in an incident that has stirred homeowners and gun owners alike.
Its just heartbreaking. My dad was a hero, Hayashi said in the exclusive interview. My son wouldnt be here if it wasnt for him. I dont think any of us would be here.
Though police and the familys attorney have already discussed some of what allegedly happened inside the Montview Blvd. home early Monday morning, Hayashis recounting is the most-detailed first-person account of the incident so far.
Awoken to an intruder and a struggle Hayashi says he was asleep early that morning when he was awoken by a woman standing in his bedroom doorway.
And she starts saying to me, My son is on drugs and he has your baby, Hayashi said.
Hed never seen the woman before. And as he looked over her shoulder, he says he saw another man in the house and the bathroom lights on.
I immediately just shot into the bathroom to find this naked guy soaking wet choking my son, biting his left ear, Hayashi said.
He said he pressed his thumb against the mans throat to get him to release his jaw from the boys ear, then had to jam his thumb up to the first knuckle into the mans eye socket.
When he didnt squeal in pain or anything, I got even more worried, Hayashi said.
But the man, who has been identified by the coroner's office as 26-year-old Dajon Harper, let the boy go and Hayashi says he was able to flip the man out of the bathtub.
Black was there with him in the bathroom, apparently having woken up and confronted the intruder just before Hayashi awoke. The two struggled with the intruder before Black, whom Hayashi says has a concealed carry permit, used a smaller carry weapon to shoot the intruder twice in the torso, according to Hayashi.
What happened next will forever change the life of Hayashi, who had been close to him for so long he called him Dad.
My dad exited the bathroom, went around the corner, and I immediately heard multiple shots, which I thought was my dad engaging these other people in the house, Hayashi said. There was a pause, and then I hear people start screaming, Police! and I hear people enter the house. And my son starts screaming, Im here with my dad. This crazy guy tried to attack me.
Hayashi says he handed his son to an officer but was then forced out of his home.
And as I turned the corner, my dad is face down and hes handcuffed. And I reached down and I dont remember if I touched his shoulder or his face but he looked at me and I got pushed off by an officer out the door, Hayashi said.
As he was outside trying to get a blanket for his son while police were taking him to a squad car, Hayashi says he saw the same woman who had woken him up minutes earlier standing across the street screaming, You shot my baby!
Hayashi and his mother were taken to a police station, where they had to wait for hours before being told that Black was dead, he said. But he says he already knew.
I knew when I touched him he was gone or almost gone, Hayashi said. I was sitting in a police car outside and never saw EMS come back out of the house, so I already knew my dad was dead.
I want answers. I want the truth. Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz issued a new video statement on Wednesday about the shooting and subsequent fallout in which he said the department has wanted to keep the integrity of the investigation intact while getting people as much information as can be released. But he also said that some information that has come out so far about the incident has been wrong.
Even with that, we remain incredibly frustrated that we are not able to get that information out to you in a more timely manner, Metz said. And obviously, much of that information, particularly as it pertains to this situation, has been inaccurate.
Metz didnt point out which information was inaccurate, however. Aurora police intend to hold a press conference Thursday to discuss the incident further.
But Blacks familys attorney, Siddhartha Rathod, said Tuesday that police shot Black from outside of the home something Hayashi hinted at in Wednesdays interview as well, along with other facets to the story he says dont completely add up, including the chaotic scene described by Metz in a police news release from Monday afternoon.
I was told that he was told to drop the weapon and he didnt. I was told that by the commander or the assistant chief, Hayashi said. They heard gunfire but they shot the first thing they saw moving, in my opinion, although all the officers spent cartridges were outside of the house. And judging by the line of fire, had they missed him, they could have shot me or my son through the wall.
Hayashi said he wants Aurora police to release body camera footage from every officer at the scene that day. And after learning that the officer had been involved in a shooting in late June, Hayashi said he doesnt think the officer who shot his stepfather should have been there that night in the first place.
I want to see them all not just the shooting officers [body cameras], he said. I want answers. I want the truth. I want accountability.
He says that Aurora police should have known who lived at the house: he says his mother has made about 50 quilts for the department and that officers used to get called there all the time years ago because a prowler was after his sisters.
It happened for years, to the point where officers used to mock my mother as they were standing in the living room and my moms pointing hes walking down the driveway, Hayashi said.
His mother is a wreck, according to Hayashi. Blacks four grandchildren were his world.
Its just disgust and shame. Sunday morning, had you asked my son what he thought about police officers, he would have told you they are the baddest dudes ever, Hayashi said, noting that the boy had been at a police camp a week earlier. Now all he can think about is police shot his grandfather. And he saw his grandfather handcuffed and he cant understand why they wouldnt help him. Hes just traumatized.
Hayashi says his view of police has changed too, despite having family members who were officers and Black being a Vietnam veteran with a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Ive always respected police I know what they do and what they have to go through, Hayashi said. Im a little less in favor of them at the moment. I want my dad, you know.
Despite the tenuous current relationship with police, Hayashi says he wants everyone to know his stepfather was a hero.
He lived a hero; he died a hero. Id be dead, my son would be dead. My mom, my daughter wed all be dead if it wasnt for him.
But watch the video at the story link, too, as it gives more of the interview and more info.
So the officer was involved in a shooting (fatal) in June, too.
My son and I were one block over when this all went down, outside of my mom's house. We heard the homeowner getting shot. Thought it was firecrackers as they have been ongoing in the neighbourhood before and after Independence Day. And we saw the rush of cop cars going West on Montview to the scene.
Heartbreaking to listen to the stepson recount what happened. Makes me angry that they pushed the son away as he was caressing his stepdad's face.
This man, Richard "Gary" Black needs some more medals in addition to the ones he received for her service in Vietnam. He did the community a HUGE favour.
Not trying to bash cops. I know they have a very hard job in these times, but the cop goofed up big time here.
They have identified the intruder. I don't have his pic, but my mom said they showed him on the TV news. It won't come as a shock.
Richard "Gary" Black
Stepson of man killed by Aurora police recounts shooting: ‘He lived a hero; he died a hero’
So the man was defending his family/home and the cops shot him?
Yes. But the homeowner killed the crazed intruder just moments before. The guy is a BIG hero...no doubt.
BANG! BANG! BANG!
Drop the gun!
Gary Black's stepson
And the intruder that started the horrible chain of events.
Unfortunately police are NEVER held accountable to the same standards as ‘non police’ are held.
They will circle the wagons and protect their own....just like they always do.
The DA’s will look the other way and clutch at pearls and declare ‘it is such a tragedy’ and the people the police have victimized will get a pound of flesh from the tax payer *but* the police will suffer no harm.
The police may not be your enemy.....but they certainly are not your friend or protector.
Thanks. You beat me to it.
Someone quoted in a Denver Post article said it was like a horror movie. It truly is.
Aurora has a few trigger-happy cops. This was totally preventable and reckless.
But they’ll let him walk....just watch.
Personal financial and criminal culpability for the Officer that shot Gary. Same goes for the supervisor and trainers. Until LEO are held personally financially culpable this will happen again. Oh. We should stop venerating this institution and the officers who work the job. They are not soldiers. They are not heroes. The are the strong men for politicians and the Deep State. Unionized thugs. Don’t tell me this instance is unprecedented but sad. This incident is common as dirt and makes nobody sad but the insurance companies who will pay out.
That neighborhood has been in serious decline for a long time. Wish he had moved out before this happened.
In many cases, an individual shot by an officer will be left to bleed out, even without applying first aid.
The man was identified to police as an innocent homeownwer, they should have reacted accordingly, uncuffing him, and applying first aid.
I suppose it good advice to call the police after the conflict is past, then do so from cover, cover is stuff that stops bullets. Maybe I should be glad that my SD is 30 min away at best.
“You shot my baby....”
Something is telling me that this officer is one of those roided-up cops. We all know the ones.
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