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Family of man killed in deputy-involved shooting demand answers

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Posted at 3:20 PM, Jul 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-31 16:20:55-04

The family of a man killed last week in a deputy-involved shooting is speaking out.

The family of 38-year-old Josef Richardson held a press conference Wednesday after an autopsy report says a West Baton Rouge Sheriff deputy fatal shot him.

The incident happened last Thursday while deputies were serving a warrant at a West Baton Rouge motel. Richardson was fatally shot in the back of the neck during that incident. That shot severed Richardson's spinal cord and severely injured his skull, an autopsy states.

According to the Advocate, Richardson's daughter spoke before a crowd of about 200 gathered in front of the West Baton Rouge courthouse.

"I don't want anybody to stop fighting," said Ja'Kera Richardson, 13. "If you think this shouldn't be right, then keep fighting for it."

The family, according to their attorneys, is asking for transparency and demanding truth in the investigation on Richardson's death.

The Advocate reports that Louisiana State Police is investigating the shooting and plans to forward its findings to the district attorney's office.