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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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