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Inglewood residents want investigation

Calls for Bratton to resign in wake of officer's shooting involvement
July 23, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Outraged residents will attend Tuesday night's city council meeting in Inglewood to ask for a full investigation into the deadly police shooting of a postal worker.Thirty-eight-year-old Kevin Wicks was shot and killed early Monday morning by Inglewood police officer Brian Ragan. Officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call at Wick's apartment. They say when Wicks opened the door he had a gun and raised it toward officers.

His sister says Wicks was not armed and police went to the wrong apartment.

"He was not in a family dispute," said Wicks' sister Nadia B. "He was just coming home, he just came home. They got the wrong call, wrong apartment and wrong everything."

Officer Ragan had just returned to duty after another deadly officer involved shooting several weeks ago. Ragan is a five-year member of the department. He was put on leave in May after being part of a shooting in which a 19-year-old man died at a restaurant near Crenshaw Blvd. and 85th St. in Inglewood.

"It's very, very sad that our system is so poor that they would put another police officer that just shot somebody back on the streets again," said Wicks' grandmother Dorothy Nelson. "It's terrible."

Ragan has been placed on administrative leave. Inglewood police say Ragan is still being investigated for the May shooting, but had been cleared for duty.

Eyewitness News Reporters Carlos Granda and Robert Holguin contributed to this report.

 

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