Several protesters gathered around the scene in a San Diego suburb, chanting "Black Lives Matter" and "Hands up, don't shoot"

By Alexia Fernandez Char Adams
September 28, 2016 12:10 PM

Protests erupted in California Tuesday night after police fatally shot an African-American man.

Officers in El Cajon, California, northeast of San Diego, responded to a call about a man who was “not acting like himself” at around 2 p.m. and arrived at the Broadway Village Shopping center to find the man, believed to be in his 30s, “walking in traffic, not only endangering himself, but motorists,” police said in a statement.

“The subject paced back and forth while officers tried to talk to him. At one point, the subject rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance,” police alleged in the statement.

Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP

“At this time, the officer with the electronic control device discharged his weapon,” police alleged. “Simultaneously, the officer with the firearm discharged his weapon several times, striking the subject.”

The man died later at a hospital.

El Cajon police also released a photo of the scene, showing a man in a black tank top and blue jeans surrounded by officers.

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In a Facebook Live video of the incident streamed by witness Rumbie Mubaiwa, a woman was seen crying and yelling, “Oh my God, you killed my brother!”

“I just called for help and you come and kill him,” the woman yelled. “I called you guys to come help, not to kill my brother.”

Soon several protesters were at the scene chanting, “black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot.”

A witness working at a drive-thru window took video of the shooting and voluntarily handed her phone to the police, according to the Associated Press.

Lt. Rob Ransweiler said the El Cajon police department is working toward obtaining body cameras for officers, although none have been issued.

The shooting occurred a day after a 9-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina, girl broke down in tears Monday night during a city council meeting after a series of violent protests wracked the city following its own fatal shooting of an African-American man.

“We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this, we shouldn’t have to protest, but y’all are treating us wrong,” she said, as supportive cheers rang from the crowd. “We do this because we need to and we have rights.”

The California man’s death follows the fatal police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma and Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina.

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