Father: 'They assassinated my son right in my face'

A 20-year-old man was fatally shot by a fugitive task force officer in Detroit Monday.

Officers say they had a warrant for Terrance Kellom for weapons and armed robbery. Kevin Kellom, Terrance's father, says officers from the fugitive task force brought his son from upstairs to downstairs. The young man had his hands in his pockets and wasn't fully cooperating with police. 

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says Terrance had a weapon. Agents of the fugitive task force say that weapon was a hammer. 

"His hands went from open to clutched; he was shaking," says Kevin. "The last two words my son said was, 'Daddy, daddy.' After the first two shots rung out, right after that, as I was rushed towards them in the dining room - bop, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop, bop. At least - at least! - at least, eight more shots rung out. And I know that for a fact. My son was shot ten times."

Kevin asks the question - why was deadly force necessary when he was surrounded by officers? 

"Why not use Tazers? ... Why not shoot him in his legs? If he had a hammer, there was no hammer," Kevin says. "No hammer. There was no weapons in my house. Period. I don't have weapons in my home."

Now Kevin, a grandfather, wonders what to tell Terrance's own children. 

"My grandson called me last night, 'Granddaddy, where's TT? Why TT?' How can that question get answered? They assassinated my son right in my face."

Later Tuesday, a protest is planned for 4 p.m. at the corner of Evergreen Road and West Chicago, in the neighborhood where the shooting took place. Terrance's family say they plan to be there. 
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