The family of the 19-year-old accused burglar who was killed by Pleasanton police last weekend has hired a celebrity attorney to contend that the fatal shooting wasn't justified.
The law firm of Geragos & Geragos identified the decedent as John Deming Jr., a San Jose resident and a graduate of Piedmont High School.
Deming died early Sunday after an altercation with a Pleasanton police officer Daniel Kunkel, who shot him. According to the department, Deming was found acting "agitated and aggressive" outside Specialty Sales Classics, which sells antique cars on First Street.
Police said the man ignored police officers' commands, ran into the business and out through broken window, at which point he got into an altercation with Kunkel. Deming was shot and then taken to Eden Trauma Center via ambulance and died there.
His family's lawyers, Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas of Geragos & Geragos, stated Deming was an aspiring musician who was a member of his church band. The firm said Deming had never been arrested or in serious trouble before.
"My son Johnathon has always been a kind, loving, well-mannered and talented young man who respected others, loved music and had a boundless thirst for life," said father John Deming Sr. "Johnathon was fun, helpful and outgoing, he always did the right thing. He valued his friends and family and put others first. I will miss him every moment of every day."
Geragos, with an office in Los Angeles, has represented celebrity clients such as Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder and Chris Brown.