Los Angeles Police Fatally Shoot Homeless Man in Altercation Caught on Video
The incident is under investigation after the video went viral on Sunday
Authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Los Angeles after a video of the incident went viral over the weekend.
LAPD officers were responding to a possible robbery on Sunday morning when the incident occurred, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The officers approached a homeless man who they believed to be the suspect and when they attempted to arrest him, a fight broke out, according to KTLA.
As can be seen in the graphic video posted to Facebook by a witness named Anthony Blackburn, one of the officers uses a Taser to try to subdue the man. They fall to the ground and a voice yells “Drop the gun!” before multiple shots are fired.
Police say the suspect reached for one of the officers’ guns and that’s when he was shot by three of the officers present.
“At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer’s weapons occurred,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the Times Sunday evening. “At that point an officer-involved shooting happened.”
A second video of the deadly incident later surfaced as well, showing a struggle between the officers and the man before the shooting. Officials will review surveillance footage, as well as video taken from one of the officer’s body cameras, according to CBS Los Angeles.
The LAPD is seeking other videos of the incident in an attempt to determine what happened, the Times reports.
“It’s always tragic when there’s a loss of life in one of these situations,” Smith added. “It’s not an incident taken lightly by any police officer. But we are committed to everyone involved and to the public to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.”
Angry bystanders gathered at the site of the confrontation immediately afterwards. “That man never was a threat,” witness Lonnie Franklin, 53, told Times. “The amount of officers present at the time could have subdued him.”
The three officers who fired the shots have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
A protest was held in Pershing Square Sunday evening, CBS Los Angeles reports.