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Family says mall shooting victim had mental illness

By AP/KWMU

St. Ann, Mo. – The family of a man shot by an off-duty police officer says the victim had a mental illness.

Antone Booker was shot Wednesday, and his family says they want to know why deadly force was needed. They say Booker was being treated for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He should have been helped, not shot.

Booker's mother says her son lived with her, but was able to hold down a job. She says he loved to shop and that's why he was at the mall that day.

Loved ones say he had no history of violence.

Police say the unidentified off-duty Berkeley officer claims he feared for his safety when he fired the gun. He remains on administrative leave.

Now, the family has hired lawyers to conduct their own investigation.

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