Donte Shannon's family to find out whether officers were justified in fatal Racine shooting

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 19:43:59-04

The family of Donte Shannon,a Racine man shot and killed by police, is meeting with the Racine County District Attorney Tuesday night to find out if the two officers were justified in their decision. 

Shannon’s father and grandmother said they’ve been patiently awaiting this day since mid-January. 

“This is the first we’ll see of anything," said Shannon's father Nakia Shannon. "We haven’t gotten any of his belongings back." 

Nakia Shannon said he’s hopeful and optimistic about the outcome of the meeting where they will walk away with a report on the investigation and Donte Shannon’s autopsy results. 

“This will be the open door for us to start seeing what they say happened,” Shannon said. 

Back on Jan. 17, 26-year-old Donte Shannon was shot and killed after running away from a traffic stop near 14th and Park. Officers said he pulled out a gun and they shot him in self-defense.

His grandmother, Mary Myers, said she wants to see the proof. 

“Knowing him, if he had a gun, when they were trying to hurt him, he would have shot back,” she said. 

Myers said no matter what the decision is, they will keep fighting for justice while urging the Racine community to remain calm.

“I don’t want people to get angry, no arguing or nothing, just take the information and we will walk away,” she said. 

Both officers involved in the shooting remain on paid administrative leave. Both have more than 15 years of law enforcement experience. 

TODAY’S TMJ4 reached out to the Racine County District Attorney Tuesday. She will not comment on the case until after meeting with Shannon’s family.