Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies were caught on video shooting a man as he walked away from them, firing upon him repeatedly as he tried to crawl away on his stomach.
Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies confirmed the killing but have released no other information at this time.
The video was recorded by a witness who is remaining anonymous but sent the video to KTLA, which describes the scene as follows:
At least a dozen gunshots can then be heard being fired, and the man falls to the ground.
Once on the ground, the camera panned to focus solely on the man, who crawls next to the gas station and away from the gunfire.
After a pause in audible gunfire, at least a dozen additional shots are heard.
The camera then panned back to two deputies, who both had arms raised and were pointing guns in the man’s direction.
At least one of the deputies then fired additional shots before the video ends.
Shocked witnesses at first assumed the deputies were using bean bags. But then they realized they had been using real bullets.
We will be updating this as we receive more information.
UPDATE: One witness tells ABC 7 that the man police killed had been shooting a gun in the air and was not complying with orders.
UPDATE II: NBC Los Angeles reports that crowds gathered around the scene chanting “no justice, no peace,” tearing down a police tape cops set up to keep them away. The man killed was a 28-year-old father of three.
UPDATE III: The Los Angeles Times reports the man’s name was Nicholas Robertson.