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‘I just wanted to see my baby,’ cries mother of man killed in shootout with police

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Posted at 9:22 PM, Aug 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-09 21:22:56-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The mother of Ke'Shawn Hargrove, the man killed in a shootout with Richmond police last week, said she will never forget the call she received from officers telling her that her son was dead.

“We read about it, see it, hear about it, but when it hits close to home it makes us take a different look,” Charlene Boone explained in an exclusive interview with WTVR CBS 6 reporter Jasmine Norwood.

Police said they approached the 20-year-old near Cary Street and Meadow for questioning Wednesday after a receiving a 911 call. Officials said the 20-year-old ran and during a foot-chase with two officers, police said Hargrove was the first to pull a gun and start shooting.

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Charlene Boone and WTVR CBS 6 reporter Jasmine Norwood.

Police said when officer Ryan Bailey was hit in the arm officers returned fire.  That is when Hargrove was shot once and killed.

Boone, who is still coming to grips with what unfolded, said she and the rest of her family are left with a number of unanswered questions about what happened.

“I have my good days and bad days,” Boone told Cbs 6. She said she will never forget the call she got that changed her life forever.

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Boone asked the community to stay calm on Wednesday.

“I ran down here from where I live, when I got down here -- I just see that it was real and that was my child lying back there," Boone explained through tears. "And I just wanted to see my baby, that is all I wanted to do, just see him.”

That day, while tensions ran high, the grieving mother urged the community to stay calm.

“I have an obligation to Ke’Shawn to first of all step up and be parent and be a mom,” she said.

Ke'Shawn Hargrove

Ke'Shawn Hargrove

Hargrove had a troubled past, even did time behind bars. His family said he made mistakes, but he was still someone’s son and brother.

“He was a young man, he was a kid. But most of all, he was my son,” Boone cried.

Rodriquez Boone said his brother has trying to find his way.

“Some people step outside sometimes and that is when they are trying to find their way back in, my brother was trying to find his way back in,” Rodriquez Boone said.

He said that as his family asks for peace, they are trying to move forward.

“A as mad as I am right now, as hurt and sad as I am right now, I feel like retaliation and attacking or taking another life is going to defeat the whole purpose of what we are trying to do,” Boone said.

Funeral services for Hargrove are scheduled for this week.

Jacob Deboard, the officer who shot Hargrove, is on paid administrative leave as is standard protocol as the RPD continues their investigation.