Family question why MPD shot, killed suspect Thursday

CREATED Jun. 20, 2013 - UPDATED: Jun. 20, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Edna Lockett wants answers.

"I need information about what happened, what's going on, because there's so many different stories," Lockett said about police shooting and killing Donnell Carter, her brother-in-law.

Milwaukee Police were investigating a fight Thursday morning at Sherman and Burleigh when they heard shots fired.

They responded to where they heard the shots, and were confronted by Carter, 39.

"He had a gun," explained Lockett.  "I guess he shot in the air.  He was not shooting at (anybody).  When police (saw) him with the gun, police told him to drop it."

Neighbors heard officers ordering Carter to drop his gun.

"They did pretty much what they had to do because he had a semi-automatic, which is threatening to them as well as everybody in the neighborhood," said Demetria, who lives near the crime scene.

When he did not drop the gun, police say two officers feared for their safety and fired at him.

Each of them shot Carter multiple times.  He died at a Milwaukee-area hospital.

A semi-automatic weapon was recovered at the scene.

According to Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer with Milwaukee Police, Carter has many run-ins with the law in the past, and was released from federal prison in 2012 after serving a 10-year sentence for a drug trafficking charge.

Lockett told TODAY'S TMJ4's Keller Russell that Carter was turning his life around, and she questions why police shot to kill.

"If you shoot him in the leg, that's good enough.  He can't move.  He was not going to move whatsoever.  He's not going to harm (anybody)."

One officer involved has five years on the department.  The other is a six-year member of the force.