LA Police Fatally Shot Man in Struggle over Officer's Gun
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Authorities said Sunday night that Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on skid row during a struggle over an officer's weapons.
Police officials offered a detailed account of what they say prompted the Sunday morning shooting, which was captured on video by a bystander.
Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD's Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.
Smith said the officers approached the suspect and made contact with the man, at which point he "began fighting and physically resisting the officers." The officers attempted to take him into custody and at one point, attempted to use a Taser that Smith said was "ineffective."
The man continued to resist police, Smith said, and the man and some of the officers fell to the ground, Los Angeles Times reported.
"At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer's weapons occurred," Smith said. "At that point an officer-involved shooting happened."
Two officers and a sergeant fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith said. It was unclear how many times the officers fired, although at least five shots can be heard on the video recording that captured the shooting.
No other gun was recovered at the scene, Smith said. It was unclear if the man had any other weapons among his possessions — investigators were still combing the scene late Sunday night.
The suspect has been tentatively identified but Smith said it was unclear if the man was homeless.
Two officers were treated and released for injuries sustained in the struggle, Smith said.
The extent of those injuries was unclear.