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    Death certificate: Gunshot to head killed man shot by Southaven police

    The death certificate does not say where in the head Lopez was shot, but it does confirm a gunshot wound to the head was the cause of death.

    Aaron Neglia, one of the attorneys representing the Lopez family, points out that the certificate doesn’t list Lopez’s place of death, but does describe the death as a police shooting.
    Coroner: Ismael Lopez killed in Southaven police shooting by 9 mm pistol

    The death certificate for Ismael Lopez, fatally shot by Southaven police July 27, shows he died of a gunshot wound to the head by a 9 mm pistol.
    Neglia said Thursday information is still being gathered as the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation continues looking in the case, but that further action by the family is likely.

    Champion said Thursday he has heard nothing new from MBI and doesn't expect a final report for 6-8 weeks.

    Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite issued a statement earlier saying the city would not comment until the MBI investigation is finished.

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    Two months later.

    Ismael Lopez Family, Friends Gather Outside Southaven Police Demanding Answers

    "It's very frustrating I mean it's been two months and it looks like they are trying to cover up for the officer that did that and I think it is wrong that we have to take it to a federal level and get the FBI involved and everyone else we will," said Jose Salazar, a local activist and a friend of Lopez.

    Lopez supporters held signs, family members consoled each other. They continue to seek some sort of closure.
    "Yes we are asking for accountability I mean I think hiding it doesn't make it any better and we want justice. I feel like if this cop is free out there he can do this to any other person in Mississippi," Salazar said.

    The group did not get a response from Southaven Police Saturday night, however, Salazar says they won't top pressing Southaven Police Department for answers.

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    Another example of officers not being held to anything resembling the same standards as citizens when it comes to murder/wrongful death/manslaughter/etc.

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    Months later, Southaven refuses to identify officers who shot wrong man

    Attorneys for the man killed by Southaven police officers released the names of the two officers they say fired the fatal shots.
    "We have a reliable source in Southaven that's identified these officers but we can't confirm it though," said Attorney Aaron Neglia.

    He said Southaven police will only say the two officers the source named were on duty the night Ismael Lopez was shot and killed in late July.

    "We have never had issues like this identifying officers or parties involved in a homicide,” Neglia said.
    Southaven police even removed a large photo that used to hang in the lobby that had photos of all of their officers, including canine officers. No one at the station explained why.

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    Southaven officers who shot man identified, family's lawyer believes

    Aaron Neglia, an attorney with the Memphis-based Horne & Wells law firm, said Thursday the firm identified the officers through a "reliable source" in Southaven. Neglia would not identify the source.
    Since the identities could not be confirmed independently, The Commercial Appeal is not naming the officers cited by Neglia.

    Nick Manley, an attorney for Butler Snow law firm who is representing Southaven, told Neglia in a letter dated Sept. 1 and provided by Neglia that personnel files Neglia requested were exempt from Public Record requests under Mississippi law. Manley did provide a list of all officers on duty the evening of the July 23 shooting. The two officers identified by Neglia are on the list.

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