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Man shot by Metro: I was wounded for 'no reason'

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Lawrence Gordon said he was shot by Metro Officer Jacquar Roston during a reported domestic spat involving his ex-girlfriend. He says he's not happy with Metro's decision to suspend Roston. (FOX5) Lawrence Gordon said he was shot by Metro Officer Jacquar Roston during a reported domestic spat involving his ex-girlfriend. He says he's not happy with Metro's decision to suspend Roston. (FOX5)
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Metro police earlier this week admitted that one of their own wrongfully shot a man in the leg last November.

However, Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie said that officer will not be terminated, instead serving a 40-hour suspension, the maximum suspension given, without pay.

The victim, Lawrence Gordon, is not happy with the decision. He sat down with FOX5 for an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

When asked what was going through his mind when he was shot, Gordon replied: "I can't believe you shot me for no reason."

The incident began with a call about domestic violence at the Hollywood Park Recreation Center.

"A woman was calling, indicating she was being battered by her boyfriend," Gillespie said in a press conference.

Gillespie said Officer Jacquar Roston arrived and asked Gordon to comply with commands, which he refused. Gillespie went on to say Gordon then grabbed something under his car seat. Roston mistook it for a weapon. It turned out to be a reflector on a hat.

"Roston thought he had a gun. Roston unholstered his weapon and fired one shot, striking the passenger in the leg," Gillespie said.

Gordon told a different version of the story. He said that he and his ex-girlfriend were hanging out in a parking lot when Roston pulled up next to his car and retrieved something from his trunk.

"That's when I told my girlfriend … I told her to leave because a cop pulled up," Gordon said.

Gordon said his ex-girlfriend went to ask Roston a question and Roston approached the side of his vehicle.

"When he came back to get me, I like moved up to talk to him more, and then he was like, ‘Why are you moving?' – and [he] shot me," Gordon said.

Gordon said he wants to see Roston fired. Gillespie admitted Roston made a serious mistake but said he stands by his decision.

"Once the suspension is served, he will begin a training program specifically structured for him and the issues addressed in the review," Gillespie said.

Metro also said Gordon was trying to hide marijuana when Roston pulled up. Gordon said that is not true.

FOX5 reached out to Metro police for comment on Gordon's version of events in preparation for this story. They were not immediately available for comment.

Gordon said he is struggling to pay his medical bills and that he and his father have hired an attorney and will pursue legal action.

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