Chief Ed Flynn said Thursday a weapon was found on Claybrooks.
"They were confronted by an individual with a firearm in his hand," Flynn said.
The family said the father of two had problems but he was not violent.
"Every drug dealer is not dangerous," said Monica McIyre, aunt of Claybrooks.
"We don't want violence. We don't want them tearing up the city. We don't want them to have another Sherman Park incident. That is not what we are trying to do. We are trying to get the truth," Walker said.