Family Says Man Didn't Do Anything To Cause Shooting

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The day after a police involved shooting, family members say the man did nothing wrong.

That man is in the hospital in fair condition and police say their officers followed proper procedure.

Police say the officers shot Stewart Grant Lenz after they asked him repeatedly to put his gun down and he wouldn't.

Family members say he didn't even fire a shot.

Family members are upset and say Lenz wouldn't hurt anyone, but police say he came at them with a rifle and wouldn't stop so they fired.

Lenz's family say he never fired his gun, but officers disagree.

Family members say 46 year old Stewart Lenz never got into trouble.

His family didn't want to be identified, but say he has a medical condition and something caused him to snap.

“He's been deeply depressed with his wife being sick and losing his daddy and then he has an aneurysm at the base of his brain, caused him to go off, I don't know,” Lenz’s family member said.

His family admits he was drinking. Police say they found him drunk on the porch carrying a rifle.

Police say the trooper repeatedly asked Lenz to put down the gun and he wouldn't, and that's when they fired.

“Lenz continually approached the troopers with the weapon,” Trooper Scott Hopkins said.

State police say evidence shows Lenz did fire the rifle at officers.

His family believes police caused the shooting and believe officers didn't have to fire.

“I don't think he had enough to cause this,” Lenz’s family member said.

Officers say their lives and others could have been in danger.

“We reach that last resort, where we have no other choice,” Trooper Hopkins said.

Lenz is still in fair condition at UK Medical Center.

State police are still investigating what caused the shooting and how it happened.

The two officers who fired their guns are on administrative leave.

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  • by ls on Sep 6, 2007 at 10:50 AM
    I agree that policemen need to be leary of someone that has a gun......I also think that people need to be leary of policemen. More and more are interested in throwing their weight around. I am a strong believer in law inforcement.....but not to the point that the cops think they are God and you should kneel to them. If they want respect they should give it. I am not talking about all law inforcement, but the ones that I am talking about know who they are.......
  • by Ann / Child advocate Location: In on Sep 6, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    The family can make all of the excuses up they want for why he did what he did. The bottom line is you do not pick up a gun unless you intend to use it! (It might get you hurt) The Judges in Magoffin Co. need to stand up for their law enforcment. They have alowed to much for to long. The police in Magoffin have been physically and virbally abused time and time again and the court there does nothing. It set's the stage for people to believe they can just get away with it. The Judges in Magoffin need to put up signs on the edge of the county saying, "Abuse our law officers! We like it that way!!!
  • by Jeff Location: London on Sep 6, 2007 at 02:10 AM
    This is a sad story if some of the family statements are true. However a person who will fire at a policeman is a danger to the public. What has happened to the police negotiators the rubber bullets and all the other things taxpayer have been made to pay for so situations like this can end without bloodshed. Then the story goes on to say that state police are investigating, as we have seen lately from this and other news sources, just because someone has a badge or is an elected official doesn’t instantly make them 100% accurate and completely honest. Why is there no state investigative units made up of police officials and citizens so the whole truth may be discovered whether the truth lies with the family or the officers.
  • by kg Location: nicholasville on Sep 5, 2007 at 10:00 PM
    someone points a gun at me you better believe that i will shoot first. if he was so innocent why was the law called?


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