Family of man shot by Duluth police demands answers

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The family of Zachary Premo is upset with Duluth police and seeking answers about how “a DWI investigation” led to the 26-year-old man lying dead on the ground near his parents’ home, shot by officers early Tuesday morning, a family lawyer said.

Lawyer David Malban spoke to the Duluth News Tribune on behalf of the Premo family Wednesday night, saying it could be a long process to get to the truth about the shooting.

"Why did something like this have to happen? There are no easy answers today to that question," Malban told the newspaper. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating and the agency briefed the family Wednesday about the investigation, and agents have shared what information they could thus far, Malban added. Premo's family includes his wife Lindsay.

Duluth police on Tuesday afternoon offered their account of what happened, the News Tribune reported. Police say the incident began about 2 a.m. Tuesday when officers went to investigate a single-vehicle crash and discovered the driver had fled. Officers went to the address associated with the vehicle that had crashed, the newspaper reported.

There, police found Premo armed with a handgun. Two officers tried to get Premo to comply with verbal commands in an encounter that lasted about three minutes, and it ended when Premo reached for the area where his gun was located. Both officers fired at Premo, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friends of Premo said they were shocked and finding the incident hard to believe, WDIO reported.

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