The lawyer of Tommy Le’s family wants the 2017 murder case in Seattle to be included in a list of cases to be investigated by Attorney General Bob Ferguson against police officers who used deadly force.
Twenty-year-old Vietnamese American student Tommy Le was shot dead by a King County sheriff’s deputy last year after a pen he was carrying was mistaken for a knife.
Deputy Cesar Molina along with Master Police Officer Tanner Owens responded to reports that a man with a knife was threatening neighbors in the 13600 block of Third Avenue South in Burien in King County, Washington at around midnight on June 14, 2017.
Tommy Le, the “bubbly” Vietnamese American kid who was killed by a King County sheriff’s deputy, was apparently shot twice in the back and a third time in the back of his hand, based on the autopsy results released by his family.
According to the family’s lawyer, Jeffery Campiche, the report disproves the Sheriff’s Office account of the incident that led to Le’s death.
The family of Tommy Le, who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in King County hours before his graduation from an alternative high school program in Seattle, started a YouCaring page to help with funeral and legal expenses.
The online fundraiser has already brought in $11,000 since it was first created in July for Le’s family, surpassing their goal of $10,000.
Tommy Le was supposed to graduate on June 14 at Career Link, an alternative high school completion program at South Seattle College but he was dead hours before the celebration began.
According to the Seattle Times, the student, who has been described “goofy” and “bubbly” by his teachers and schoolmates, was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in King County just hours before his graduation.