by: Tom Jones Updated:
ATLANTA - A mother whose son was shot and killed by police said officers went
overboard when they opened fire.
Ernest Zaus Barnett, 30, was shot in May
"When you shot that gun one, two times and he was already going down. That you stop. Why did you have to keep shooting?" she said to Channel
"Yes, he had the gun in his hand. But his hands were up and he leaning like this," Barnett's mother said.
Jones pointed out to Wall that police are trained to shoot until the threat is over.
"You shoot until the threat. But you don't have to continue," Wall said.
It was pointed out to Wall that her son would still be alive if he hadn't retrieved the gun. But Wall sees it differently.
"He may not have (retrieved the gun) and that group of guys could have come back and killed all of them," she pointed out.
Wall said her son was defending himself that night. Police said they usually don't comment on officer-involved shootings still under investigation.