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Delaware NAACP Calls for Special Probe of Police Shooting

The Delaware NAACP is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate a shooting by Wilmington police that left a man gravely wounded.

Twenty-four-year-old Marvin Jones is a quadriplegic on life support following the shooting during a traffic stop in January.

A police spokeswoman said after the shooting that the suspect had shot at officers and that one officer "returned fire." Police now say Jones never pulled the trigger, but they say he pointed a gun at officers.

Richard Smith, president of the Delaware NAACP, tells The News Journal of Wilmington
that "something is wrong" with the explanation by police. Smith says he also believes racial profiling led to the traffic stop.

Wilmington police, the City Solicitor's Office and the state Justice Department are investigating the shooting.

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