His grandmother Mary Myers said the D.A.'s office said the shooting was justified because they claimed he had a gun. The family insists he did not have a gun.
"Donte didn't' have no gun because if Donte had a gun he would have shot back," Myers said.
The D.A.'s office issued a news release Tuesday night, that accuses Shannon of pulling out a 9mm handgun and pointing at the officers three separate times. He was reportedly given commands to drop the weapon and over a dozen witnesses corroborate hearing the officers give those commands, the D.A.'s office says.
"There is no doubt that the weapon was in Mr. Shannon’s possession. The gun itself was purchased and owned by Mr. Shannon’s father. The weapon was tested at the Wisconsin State Crime Lab had found to have Mr. Shannon’s DNA on it," the news release said.
The D.A. said Shannon was a convicted felon and on probation, meaning he was prohibited from having a firearm. He was also found with marijuana and was driving on a revoked license, the D.A. said.