‘They could have given him a chance and I have to live with that for the rest of my life,’ wife of man killed by an East Baton Rouge deputy said

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"The police told him to get out of his car but he didn't get out of the car and he didn't give him time to get out of the car he started shooting at him,"

Margaret Watkins says her husband Melvin got into an argument with someone at a birthday party. The cops were called to remove him from the party but Watkins says by the time they arrived he was already in his car.

“The police told him to get out of his car but he didn’t get out of the car and he didn’t give him time to get out of the car he started shooting at him,” she said.

What happens next, Watkins describes as devastating and quick. She says seconds after the deputy arrived, instead of letting her husband go since he was know longer causing a disturbance, he fired his gun and killed him.

“He was just trying to leave and the man got out shooting. The police didn’t have to kill him, they could have given him a chance and I have to live with that for the rest of my life.” she said.

Totaling what she said was seven shots, she said the car her husband was driving flipped into the air. She said all she could do was scream.

“He didn’t have to shoot my husband. He could’ve shot the tires or whatever, they could have tased him,” she said.

Now planning his funeral, Watkins says she doesn’t understand why the deputy killed her husband and hopes justice is served.

The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting.The name of the deputy is still unknown.

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