Norfolk officer who shot and killed mentally ill man says the man was a threat to family

Posted at 6:07 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 18:07:54-04

NORFOLK, Va. - Norfolk police officer Michael Edington said that he felt David Latham was a threat and to his own family the night he died.

Under oath, Edington took the stand, and told the jury Latham was standing in the doorway of his house, holding a knife in his hand and waving it.

Edington said he repeatedly told Latham to put down the weapon, but Latham said no.

Then, Edington told the jury Latham took a small side step, which made Edington start shooting.

The Commonwealth's attorney tried to point out inconsistencies in Edington's story.

Prosecutors say Edington never mentioned anything about Latham taking a step in police interviews.

The commonwealth insinuated Latham never took a step, then asked Edington if he made that upnto justify the shooting. Edington responded no.

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