Slain man's daughter disputes police account of Paris raid

PARIS (AP) " The daughter of a man killed in a police raid at their home in Paris said her father never had a chance against the officers who broke down their door and shot him, disputing the police account of the deadly events that touched off riots in a neighborhood that is home to many Chinese immigrants.

Police said they were called to the building after receiving a call about a man armed with a knife, and burst into the home of 56-year-old Shaoyo Liu after hearing screams inside. His adult daughter, who appeared Wednesday at a news conference but declined to be named, said she was in her bedroom at the time and denied there was any screaming. She said her father was cooking dinner when she heard a loud knocking.

"They began to bang on our door and then we heard something we didn't know who it was, by that time I was stricken with panic. My father was really trying to hold back the door and then the door opened all of a sudden. A shot was fired. All of this happened in just a few seconds. The shot was fired. My father was already on the ground. The wound was there," she said.

She said her father was still holding the scissors he had been using in the kitchen adjacent to the front door. Police said Liu tried to attack an officer with the scissors and a member of the police team fired in response.

Four of Liu's five children were in the apartment at the time, and she said they were kept for a couple of hours in the apartment but away from their father's body.

Calvin Job, a lawyer for the family, said Liu "was not someone undergoing psychiatric treatment, he wasn't an alcoholic, there was no history of family violence," and they do not know who called authorities to the building or why.

Protesters outraged by the killing and baton-wielding police clashed for several hours on Monday night.

China summoned a representative of the French embassy in Beijing and urged French officials to "get to the bottom of the incident as soon as possible."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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