July 31, 2013 12:00 AM

Man shot by police had just tossed his gun away

Friends who were running behind Ryan L. Stokes just before the shooting took place in a parking lot near the Power & Light District also say they didn’t hear officers near them giving Stokes any warning. But the officer who fired came into the lot from the opposite side as Stokes’ friends, police said, so it’s plausible that the friends couldn’t hear the commands.

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