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Ride-share driver fatally shot a man at the Austin BLM rally 'to protect his own life,' lawyer says

August 2, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A lawyer says his client shot and killed a Black Lives Matter protester in Austin, Texas, last Saturday because the man began to raise an assault rifle at his client, the lawyer said in a news release issued Friday.

(CNN)A lawyer says his client shot and killed a Black Lives Matter protester in Austin, Texas, last Saturday because the man began to raise an assault rifle at his client, the lawyer said in a news release issued Friday.

Last Saturday night, Perry was working as a driver for a ride-share company to make extra money and had just dropped off a client when he encountered the protest on Congress Avenue, the release said.

Perry did not know the protest was taking place before turning onto Congress Avenue, the release said.

People began beating on the car and a man now identified as Garrett Foster approached, carrying an assault-style rifle, and motioned for Perry to lower his window, the release said.

"It has now been confirmed by several witnesses that this individual with the assault rifle then began to raise the assault rifle toward Sgt. Perry," the news release said.

Somebody else fired on Perry's vehicle and he drove to safety and called police, the news release said.

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