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Marquintan Randell Sandlin, 32

Marquintan Randell Sandlin, a 32-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Inglewood police Sunday, Feb. 21, near South Inglewood Avenue and West Manchester Boulevard in Inglewood, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.

Officers said they received a call early Sunday morning of a suspicious vehicle stopped near the intersection. When they approached the car, they noticed the woman in the car had a gun and ordered her and the man, Sandlin, out of the vehicle, said Scott Collins, a spokesman for the Inglewood Police Department.

Officers then took cover and opened fire, striking Sandlin and a 31-year-old woman, Kisha Shelly Michael. No officers were injured.  

Sandlin was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:38 a.m., according to coroner’s records. The woman died at the scene.

Collins would not say whether the pair had refused to exit the vehicle or if the woman fired or pointed the gun at police officers.

The next day, the Michael family said that the woman was a doting mother of three who never owned a gun. Relatives gathered for a news conference where the shooting occurred and said they have asked for more answers from police but have not been satisfied.

Community activist Najee Ali said that possession of a gun did not give the officers the right to open fire.

“Even though she may have had a gun, that does not mean she was a threat to officers,” said Ali, director of Project Islamic H.O.P.E. “To this day, police officers have not said whether she pointed the gun at them or if she was a threat.... Also, her friend, her companion, was unarmed. Why was he shot?”

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