SPRINGFIELD, Mon. (AP) – A man who was fatally shot in a confrontation with federal agents was caught on a drug investigation in Springfield, an attorney for the man’s family said.
Craig Lowther, a lawyer hired by Caleb Slay’s mother to investigate his November 2 death, said the confrontation came after a U-Haul driver suspected of being involved in a drug trade stalled . Slay then got out of another vehicle to speak to the drug enforcement agents who pulled up behind the U-Haul.
James Pokryfke, a DEA spokesman, said in an email that during that conversation “there was a physical altercation between the agents and Slay which resulted in Slay being shot.”
Lowther, who spoke to a witness, said Slay spoke to a DEA agent when a second DEA agent tried to attack Slay from behind. He said Slay didn’t know what was going on and threw the second agent on the floor.
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“He never hit him,” said Lowther. “He didn’t start beating him. He didn’t do anything. “
Lowther said Slay was verbally abused, shot three times, and handcuffed. He died on the scene.
Slay carried a gun because he once worked as a bouncer at a Springfield nightclub, Lowther said. But he said Slay never showed it.
“My information is that he had put out his hands,” Lowther said.