RTV-6 Indianapolis has obtained new details in the shooting death of Dreasjon “Sean” Reed last month that shows IMPD officer Dejoure Mercer fired his gun more than 10 times and a gun found at the scene next to Reed’s body was fired twice.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department says Officer DeJoure Mercer briefly chased Reed on foot before attempting to stop the 21-year-old with a taser. What happened next is where IMPD and Reed’s family have differing accounts.
IMPD claims that Reed fired a weapon at Officer Mercer, who then exchanged gunfire, fatally wounding Reed. A weapon was found lying next to Reed’s body after the shooting.
21-year-old Dreasjon Reed was shot and killed last month after the suspect led police on a high-speed pursuit on the city’s north side. The pursuit was witnessed and the shots were heard by thousands on Facebook Live via Reed’s own phone.
Reed eventually stopped his vehicle and attempted to flee on foot before being confronted by officers and shot dead.
Investigators are now focusing on whether the number of rounds fired by Officer Mercer was justified or excessive.
Meanwhile, the Reed family legal team alleges that surveillance video shared with RTV-6 last week shows the suspect fleeing with what appears to be a white T-shirt in one hand and two cell phones in his other hand, proving that Reed was not holding a gun prior to his death.
RTV-6 reports that the gun found at the scene matches the description of the weapon seen in Dreasjon’s front waistband during the Facebook Live stream.