Family of unarmed black man shot by deputy speaks out

The latest on the Hillsborough County police-involved shooting.

“This is where blood splattered,” says Michelle Williams, friends of the Riggins family.

It's the first time a camera has seen the inside of this bedroom where Levonia Riggins lost his life on Aug. 30.


“You can still see it where they covered it up,” says Williams.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies were conducting a search warrant on Riggins' home when they called for him to come out.

He was spotted by a deputy outside his bedroom window. Deputy Caleb Johnson saw Riggins move under his bedsheets, and told him to show his hands. Officials say Riggins jumped up and reached toward his waistband when Johnson, fired a shot.

Riggins was a convicted felon and investigators say he was known to carry a gun.

“I get up at 5:30 in the morning and I peek out the window and make sure I’m all right,” says Katrina Hunter, Riggins' aunt.

Hunter says he was unarmed and doesn't understand why he was killed.

“My sister would like justice for Levonia Riggins. That is all she wants. Why do we have to have pain like that for a search warrant? “ says Hunter.

The family knows that the investigation is going to take time.

“We know this is going to be long tedious process but while we wait for outcome we need change,” says Williams.

They say they need change and support. The family still lives in the home where their loved one was killed.

“We have to bury our children after police officers killed them and you can't offer us grief counseling,” says Williams.

Johnson has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Hillsborough State Attorney has recused himself from the case, citing a conflict of interest since he's friends with Johnson's family.

The Sarasota County State Attorney is now overseeing the case.

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