'Hero' Killed by Cops Got 5 Warnings Over 13 Seconds

But the scene was noisy and chaotic, and Richard Black's family says his hearing wasn't good
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2018 12:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Officers repeatedly instructed Richard "Gary" Black to drop his weapon and show his hands after arriving at his Colorado home in the early hours of Monday morning. The request was made five times over a period the Denver Post reports was 13 seconds. When he didn't, but instead raised the flashlight he was holding in his other hand, an officer fired at him, killing the 73-year-old. The Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient had only moments earlier shot and killed a man who'd broken into his home and was attacking his 11-year-old grandson. But in a Thursday press conference, Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz revealed that investigators have since learned Black had "a significant hearing impairment" as a result of his military days. "I don't know what he was able to hear and not hear," ABC News quotes Metz as saying. The Post adds the scene was also a noisy one, filled with screams. The latest:

  • There was bodycam video, but Metz says neither that nor audio of the 911 call will be released at this time, citing "an issue with clarity regarding some of the recordings," as KDVR puts it. That move is in line with the Black family's wishes. Per a letter read by Metz, "the family desires space to grieve and does not wish to have the family in violent moments of Gary's distinguished life be his public legacy." But ABC suggests the footage will eventually be released, with Metz saying, "We are supportive of releasing it."

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