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NAN, family members want answers after man is killed by officer

Lawrence Heyward Jr. Lawrence Heyward Jr.
Scene of the shooting. (Source: Live 5 News) Scene of the shooting. (Source: Live 5 News)
Surveillance video from the convenience store robbery. (Source: NCPD) Surveillance video from the convenience store robbery. (Source: NCPD)
Scene of the shooting. (Source: Live 5 News) Scene of the shooting. (Source: Live 5 News)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The National Action Network says it will ask the North Charleston Police Department for any available dash camera or body camera video after a suspect was shot and killed by an officer.

NAN and family members of 56-year old Lawrence Heyward Jr. held a news conference Monday afternoon.

Both the organization and NAN say they want more information, including which one of the men returned gunfire and the angle of the shots that struck Heyward.

"We want to get to the bottom of this," said Elder James Johnson, state president of the National Action Network."We want to know what angle he was shot at. Was he shot in the back? We want that from North Charleston."

"I just really want to know what happened," said Mattie Smalls, Heyward's aunt."My sister wants to know what happened. She lost her son in a tragic situation."

North Charleston Police say on Sunday night Heyward held up the Scotchman convenience store on Rivers Avenue.

According to an incident report, North Charleston Police Lt. Richard Keys tried to make a traffic stop on Heyward.

The report states that Keys chased Heyward to Vistavia Road. There Keys said Heyward tried to run and shots were then fired.

A spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division said there appeared to be an exchange of gunfire.

Residents said they heard four or five shots.

One woman said she hit the floor, fearing gunshots might go through her windows.

"I was very scared so I just kind of laid down on the floor," Judy Dziedziki said."I have three big windows in my bedroom and I didn't want anything coming through the windows."

Fred Coward said he also heard gunshots and thought it may have been a foot chase. 

A North Charleston Police spokesman said Keys, a 28 year veteran of the department, is on administrative leave.

He was not injured in the shooting according to SLED.

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