NORFOLK -- The grandson of 72-year-old Lawrence Faine, who was shot to death by a Norfolk police officer Wednesday, tells 13News Now his grandfather wasn't a dangerous man.
Faine was shot after he threatened an officer with a knife, according to police.
"I just want people to know that he was not just some crazy, dangerous guy. He was just an old man. If anything he was scared and now he's gone," Faine's grandson told 13News Now on Thursday.
He explained that Faine was in "pretty bad mental condition," suffering from schizophrenia. Although he was a little paranoid, he said, his grandfather would never hurt anyone.
The officer involved was helping to serve an emergency custody order at Faine's home in Calvary Towers, an assisted living community, located at 850 East Virginia Beach Boulevard.
An emergency custody order can be issued by a judge or magistrate when a person is deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.
"It started off being infested with roaches and so forth, and then, it turned into his lights was out. All the meat spoiled in the refrigerator," said Robert Lee Davis who lived across the hall from Faine. "It smelled like a body, like some person had died."
Faine's grandson lives in Richmond and said he knows his grandfather was living without basic utilities.
"Some of his more immediate family members were handling his affairs. We thought he was being taken care of," he said.
Neighbors told 13News Now Faine was not a threat to other residents.
"He didn't threaten nobody, residents. No, he was most, like they said, he was a more threat maybe to hisself," said a neighbor, who asked not to be identified.
Faine's grandson questions why an officer shot his grandfather and instead didn't use a taser.
"In light of what happened to the other officer killed last week, the department is on edge. I don't think that officer considered about taking someone's family member, someone's life before pulling the trigger," Faine's grandson said. "The whole scenario, you never picture your grandfather being shot. People lose grandfathers all the time, but not like this."