Dunn’s Lawyer: Fatal Shooting Was Justifiable

Ledger reporters John Chambliss and Kimberly C. Moore follow up on several angles of Wednesday’s fatal shooting of a shoplifting suspect by City Commissioner Michael Dunn. Among them:

  • Dunn attorney Rusty Franklin says the shooting was justifiable since victim Christobal Lopez was holding the hatchet he had taken from Dunn’s military surplus store.
  • Lakeland Police Chief Larry Giddens decided his department will continue investigating the case and will decide whether charges will be filed rather than turning it over to another agency.
  • And this: “Dunn fired two shots. It’s unclear where Lopez was hit, how close the two were to each other and where exactly the shooting occurred in the store at 819 N. Florida Ave. Lopez died outside the front door of the business.”