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Family of man shot to death by police speaks out

Deborah Gaston, Paul Gaston's mother. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Schell) Deborah Gaston, Paul Gaston's mother. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Schell)
Karen Williams, Paul Gaston's aunt. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Schell) Karen Williams, Paul Gaston's aunt. (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Schell)
Paul Gaston, 37, provided by CPD. Paul Gaston, 37, provided by CPD.
Karen Williams watching the cell phone footage that capture the shooting with FOX19 NOW reporter Mike Schell (FOX19 NOW Photo/Jody Barr) Karen Williams watching the cell phone footage that capture the shooting with FOX19 NOW reporter Mike Schell (FOX19 NOW Photo/Jody Barr)
WESTWOOD, OH (FOX19) -

The family of the man who was shot and killed by Cincinnati police officers in Westwood Wednesday is questioning how officers handled the situation.

“It only takes one bullet to put somebody down. It doesn’t take nine shots,” said Karen Williams, Paul Gaston’s aunt.

District Three officers confronted the 37-year-old Gaston in the 3300 block of Harrison Avenue after reports that he was waving a gun on Dirheim Avenue earlier.

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Police say Gaston refused to comply with commands to lie on the ground and retrieved a firearm from his waistband. 

“I agree” said Williams, when asked if he should have done what officer’s asked, but she said the force used by officers was excessive.

“One shot, one shot would have done it,” said Williams, “why wouldn’t they (officers) shoot to wound instead of shooting to kill.” 

The girlfriend of Paul Gaston spoke to Fox 19 Now. The original 911 call was made by her but she did not initially tell police Gaston did not have a real gun.  

She asked us not to use her name. She said Gaston was playing around and shot her daughter with what she called a BB gun. 

“He was drunk he had been drinking,” she said. He had just had an accident. Not trying to justify him not listening, but that played a role,” she said.

She agrees with Gaston’s mother explaining to us that police should have used restraint.

“I don’t think he deserved to be shot. I think it could have been handled differently,” she said. 

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and the Cincinnati Police Department said earlier Wednesday that the shooting incident was justified.

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