Family of man killed by police says his death was unjust, wants to see bodycam footage

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The family of a man shot and killed by police after he allegedly grazed an officer with a bullet are speaking out about the incident, calling it unfair.

Investigators say Leon Burroughs, 39, was sleeping in a car on Hardee Street when police approached him in reference to a burglary investigation. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, he refused to get out of the car, then opened fire, grazing one of the officers in the face.

Police say Leon was linked to the burglary because they tracked some things that were stolen to his location.

Burroughs’ family said they were working to find a lawyer and asked to see the body camera video because they thought it was not like Burroughs to shoot someone, but if the footage shows the contrary, so they said they would accept it.

“He was a good guy. He would do anything for you,” Leon Burroughs’ father Charlie said.

The shooting happened outside Burroughs’ grandmother’s house on Friday night.

Jewel Hill said officers knocked on her door asking for a bike and who was sleeping in a white car. Hill told officers Leon was inside the car.

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Next, Hill recalled hearing loud “pops” outside.

Video captured by a Ring camera showed officers surrounding his home.

Police said they told Burroughs to get out of the car and show them his hands repeatedly.

“And during this conversation, for some unknown reason, he fired a shot and grazed one of our officers on the left side of his face. Our officers returned fire, all five of them hitting him repeatedly, killing him at the scene,” Jacksonville Sheriff TK Waters said.

Burroughs’ family says the details of that night do not match.

Hill said she couldn’t say if Leon shot the police first. Burroughs’ father said he didn’t believe it because it’s not like his son to do something like that.

“Show me my son shot you first so you all kill him like that,” the father said.

Police said a loaded gun was also found sitting on top of the car before it approached Leon. His family said they do not know why he was there.

His grandmother also questioned the connection to the burglary because the car Leon was sleeping in hadn’t moved in two weeks and the bicycle police referring to him also belonged to him.

JSO said it would release the body camera video within 21 days of the shooting.

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