Caleb Douglas' parents say deputy 'had no choice'
The family of Caleb Douglas released a statement Saturday morning to the news media.
Below is the statement the family sent.
"The family of 18-year-old Caleb Douglas mourns the loss of their son, brother and grandson. Caleb, son of local Accident Recovery Team attorney Norman Douglas, was killed Thursday, Sept. 1, after pointing a hand gun at a Sedgwick County deputy during an encounter, causing the deputy to fire his own weapon in self-defense.
Norman, his wife Jennifer and their remaining children remember Caleb as a caring, loving soul, but acknowledge that his troubles were a concern. They are devastated that Caleb’s own actions ended his life too soon.
The family is cooperating with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department, and they have the utmost confidence in the men and women investigating the case. The Douglas family expects to see the situation resolved quickly and properly. In the meantime, the family asks that the media and public respect their privacy as they grieve.
The family appreciates your concern, prayers and condolences during this difficult time."
KWCH continues to ask questions about a deputy-involved shooting in Sedgwick County. A deputy shot 18-year-old Caleb Douglas Thursday morning after the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says he pulled a gun during a traffic stop.
That deputy fired his gun at least 16 times, striking Caleb in the head.
After crashing his vehicle into a house, Caleb was taken to the hospital where he died.
Caleb's parents, Jennifer and Norman Douglas say they met with the Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter on Friday.
They weren't ready to speak on camera, but did have some messages to share.
Both Jennifer and Norman say they understand their son put the sheriff's deputy in a position, where that deputy had no choice but to shoot.
Caleb's dad, who used to be a police officer in the air force, said if he were in that deputy's position, he would've done the same thing.
Caleb's parents say he was a very smart kid - excellent at math and scored high on his ACT's. They say he also had many "demons."
Court records show in June of 2015, Caleb was charged for going into a detective's unmarked patrol car and trying to steal the ticket book. He completed a diversion program and a judge dismissed his case nearly a year later.
In 2012, Caleb got in trouble for crashing his car and not reporting it. He also left the scene of an accident where someone was hurt.
The Douglas' say Caleb also had trouble with drugs. They say they did everything they could to get Caleb back on track, even sending him to Boys Town in Nebraska for 18 months. They say there he earned top marks in his class.
When he came back, his parents say Caleb seemed to lose interest in school, opting to graduate from Goddard Academy, instead of Goddard Eisenhower High School.
The Douglas' say they want to meet the deputy involved in the shooting, and hope that the deputy is doing okay.