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Wis. Man Shot by Police Says He Held Gun

August 8, 2003

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ A man critically wounded by a police officer after a traffic stop admitted he picked up a handgun moments before he was shot, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

But Timothy T. Nabors said that he was trying to throw the gun away into the sewer, according to the court papers.

``The other guy who I was with threw the gun by me, the gun hit the ground and I picked it up,″ Nabors told a police officer riding with him in an ambulance, according to the complaint.

Nabors, 26, was shot at least four times Monday and remained in critical condition in a coma Thursday, his cousin Michelle Nabors said.

His mother, Shirley Nabors, said he is not expected to walk again.

Several witnesses said Nabors had his hands raised and was nowhere near a gun. The three-count criminal complaint against Dwight A. Barnes, who threw the gun, contradicts those claims.

Michelle Nabors, who wasn’t present at the shooting, said she doesn’t believe the complaint. ``Tim didn’t say that,″ she said.

Barnes faces weapons charges and resisting arrest. He was a passenger in Nabors’ sport utility vehicle, which was stopped by Officer Michael W. Lutz and another policeman Monday morning.

Both officers are on administrative leave pending the department’s review of the shooting. It was the fifth time in 13 months that a motorist was shot by Milwaukee police.

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