Man Shot In Sunday's Police-Involved Shooting Speaks Out

Man Shot In Sunday's Police-Involved Shooting Speaks Out

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Samir Coyett-Pearson Samir Coyett-Pearson
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PHILADELPHIA -

"He could have killed me," says Samir Coyett-Pearson.

Samir says Sunday could have been the last day of his life. His right arm is in a sling and there's a mark on his face after an altercation with a police officer.

He says the officer shot him and he says he was unarmed. 

"All he said was 'lift your hands up in the air, as I lift my hands up, he shot me. I wasn't reaching for nothing,'" Samir claims.

"I was traumatized. I didn't know if my son was alive. I just heard he got shot, I didn't know where he got shot at," says the mom. 

Investigators worked the scene by Columbia and Hazelhurst in Wynnefield after he was shot. Samir says he was chatting with friends when the police rushed in and eventually cornered him. He thinks the officer mistook his belt buckle for a gun.

"They don't ask before they do anything. They just do it because they think they got the upper hand," he says.

"I think they gun happy," concurs the mother. "Yeah I just think they gun happy."

Police commissioner Charles Ramsey wasn't available to talk about the incident involving Samir, but he did discuss Tuesday's federal probe into the department's use of force, a study he welcomes.

"They'll look at our current training, make recommendations on how we can strengthen that. They'll look at our policies to make sure they're reflective of best practices," remarks Ramsey.

But before that review, two other shootouts with police. Officers exchanged shots with two suspects on Bucknell Street in North Philadelphia, Sunday morning, injuring one of the suspects. Both were arrested, no officers were hurt and they recovered two guns from the scene.

Then Monday, police and FBI agents fire more than 50 rounds while battling two murder suspects in an East Mount Airy neighborhood, killing one of the suspects, sending the other to the hospital.

"Our officers are well trained and they do a very good job, I think. A very very good job in some difficult situations," reflects Ramsey.

Still Samir and his family say police need to make some changes before they pull the trigger.

"We know they're the law, you don't have to just be pulling out your gun for every little thing. You could just search my son, and that was it," says Samir's mother.

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