Family defends man shot, killed by Maui police

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The family of a man shot to death by Maui police say he was reaching for a cellphone - not a gun.

Police say Marshall Langford was attempting to flee in a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a Kihei resort Tuesday when he pointed a handgun at an officer. The officer fired at Langford, killing him.

Genevieve Langford tells the Maui News ( ) her 31-year-old son didn't have a gun and that police should have used a stun gun or shot the car's tires.

Police on Thursday said a glass smoking pipe used to smoke crystal meth and firearms were among the items found in the car.

Police did not immediately comment on the family's claims. The officer who shot Langford has been placed on administrative leave.

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