The gunman who shot and killed a Black Lives Matter protester in Austin, Texas final week has been identified by his lawyer as an active-duty US Army sergeant.
Dallas-based legislation agency Broden & Mickelsen identified Daniel Perry as the solider who fatally gunned down 28-year-old Garrett Foster final Saturday, The Statesman reported.
Perry, 33, who has served a tour in Afghanistan, had been driving for a ride-share firm on the time of the lethal incident, in line with a press release from Perry’s lawyer Clint Broden. He claims the taking pictures was in self-defense.
Broden mentioned he was figuring out his consumer as a result of “there have been some false narratives being superior and we believed it was time all of the information had been identified,” in line with the information outlet.
The lawyer claimed that Perry had dropped off a fare moments and was ready for extra purchasers when he encountered the BLM protest.
When Perry had turned on town’s Congress Avenue, “a number of individuals began beating on his car,” Broden mentioned.
“A person carrying an assault rifle, now identified to be Garrett Foster, shortly approached the automotive after which motioned with the assault rifle for Mr. Perry to decrease his window,” Broden mentioned, explaining that Perry believed the particular person was with legislation enforcement.
“After rolling down the window, it grew to become obvious to Sgt. Perry that the person with the assault rifle was not with legislation enforcement. It has now been confirmed by a number of witnesses that this particular person with the assault rifle then started to lift the assault rifle towards Sgt. Perry,” Broden mentioned.
The lawyer added, “It was solely then that Sgt. Perry, who carried a handgun in his automotive for his personal safety whereas driving strangers within the trip share program, fired on the particular person to guard his personal life.”
Broden mentioned “instantly after” the taking pictures, “a member of the gang started firing on Sgt. Perry’s car. Sgt. Perry drove to security and instantly referred to as the police.”
“He waited for the police to reach and totally cooperated with the police following the taking pictures and he continues to take action,” mentioned Broden, who denounced experiences that Perry fled the scene, and claimed he “instantly referred to as police upon attending to security.”
Perry and his household “deeply sympathize with the loss and grief being skilled by Mr. Foster’s household,” mentioned Broden, who described Perry as “devastated by the incident.
“Nonetheless, that doesn’t change information,” Broden mentioned. “The straightforward reality is that Sgt. Perry fairly perceived a menace to his life when, as has now been confirmed by impartial witnesses, Mr. Foster raised his assault rifle towards Sgt. Perry who was sitting in his automotive.”
Perry has been launched by cops with out costs Sunday pending an ongoing investigation.
Different witnesses have beforehand mentioned the motive force was the one initiating the violence earlier than taking pictures Foster useless and that the automotive plowed via the protest.
Foster, who is white, died from a number of gunshot wounds. He had been on the protest along with his quadruple-amputee fiancée, who is black, household has mentioned.