"I am so angry no words can explain what I'm feeling," Feras Morad's sister Ghada
An unarmed honors student was fatally shot by police on Wednesday after behaving “irrationally” while hanging out with a group of friends.
Feras Morad, 20, was fatally shot by Long Beach, California, police after he jumped through the glass of a second-floor window following a “physical altercation with his friends,” NBC Los Angeles reports.
As an officer approached him to help, Morad “continued to behave irrationally,” as though he were intoxicated, police said in a statement.
The officer felt that Morad was “now a threat and going to assault him,” so he used “verbal commands, an electronic control device, an impact weapon, and physical force” in an attempt to restrain him.
Morad allegedly told the officer he was going to “attack him,” at which point the officer shot Morad. He died later at a nearby hospital.
“I am so angry no words can explain what I’m feeling,” Morad’s sister Ghada told CBS Los Angeles.
The worst part, she said, is that police didn’t inform them of his death until two days later. Ghada said, “What if I hadn’t called [his friends]?”
“It’s really unfair how I had to go figure it out myself through a Facebook message,” she added to NBC.
A champion debater from Woodland Hills, California, Morad had reportedly gone to Long Beach to meet with friends. While there, he tried shrooms for the first time and had a bad trip, his friends told CBS.
“We were screaming don’t shoot,” Morad’s friend Ryan Fobes told the TV station. “What they resorted to, this is not the type of help he needed.”
According to his family, Morad was set to begin studying at California State University, Long Beach, in the fall.
The shooting remains under investigation.
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