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Interim police chief says recent shooting of unarmed man was Modesto officer’s fourth fatality

(KTXL) —Families and organizations are seeking further answers after police killed a modest man last week.

As of Thursday, three different investigations are underway, two of which are being processed by Modesto police. Another investigation is being processed by the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

The shooting took place during the day near the Church of the Brethren on December 29th.

“We take these cases very seriously,” said Interim Police Chief Brandon Gillespie.

Gillespie just recently took on his post when the shooting happened.

“My deep condolences go to this family,” Gillespie told FOX40.

He says the dispatcher received a 911 call that a 29-year-old man identified as Trevor Seever was vaguely threatening his family.

Gillespie says the dispatcher recognized Seever’s name because of a police officer’s safety bulletin issued in response to Seever’s comments on Instagram a few weeks ago. According to Gillespie, one post says, “A good cop is a dead cop,” and “I only want another dead MPD officer for Christmas.”

Modesto police say 12-year veteran police officer Joseph Ramantia in the ministry shot Siever at least seven times.

Siever later died in the hospital.

Investigators say he has never found a gun on the scene.

The Sievers declined to speak on the camera, but their mother, Darlene Lewis, later made a statement to Fox 40:

#JusticefortrevorTrevor was shot dead by police officer Joseph Lamantia. This is the fourth person he shot and killed. He was charged with excessive force and blow and liberation tactics. My son was unarmed and was brutally killed when he raised his hand and obeyed an officer of Ramantia.

Darlene Lewis

Gillespie confirmed that the latest incident was Lamatia’s fifth shooting, killing four people. One of those shootings is still under investigation in San Joaquin County.

“I’m like a broken heart,” said Jamie Ellison of Tarlock Black Lives Matter.

Ellison also said it was enough.

“I hope police officers will be immediately fired, arrested and charged with murder,” Ellison told FOX40. “This is the fourth killing of a police officer, so I think it should obviously happen now.”

Gillespie also has a lot of questions and wants to know what led to the shooting.

He also draws the attention of the community so that the investigation can be completed.

“Like me, people are looking for answers right away. I don’t think that’s the absurdity people want, but the investigation takes time,” Gillespie said.

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