*The fatal shooting of a black man by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies is not going over well as residents in Lynwood, California are outraged at the actions of the authorities which were seen as excessive.
An anonymous eyewitness captured a graphic video of the encounter from across the street and sent it to local news station KTLA.
The footage shows the man apparently walking away as deputies fire at least a dozen times, even after the man appears to be on his stomach and crawling away. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.
The sheriff’s department said in a statement that the man was armed and refused to drop his weapon despite orders to do so.
Sheriff’s deputies had responded that morning to several calls of a “man with a gun” and “shots heard,” according to the LASD. The sheriff’s department said it received calls describing the suspect as a black male carrying a handgun and wearing a checkered shirt, and said that witnesses saw the suspect point a gun at deputies before the shooting.
LA area news outlets reported the victim was Nicholas Robertson, a 28-year-old married father of three.
“When they shot him in the shoulder and I see him falling … that’s injustice for me,” Robertson’s mother-in-law, Pamela Brown, told KTLA.
Several dozen members of the community gathered at the scene Saturday night to protest the shooting, which they said used excessive force. Family members disputed that Robertson had a gun and questioned why he was shot even after he appeared to fall to the ground.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell urged caution over drawing conclusions from the eyewitness video.
BREAKING: A witness’s graphic video appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood.It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured.In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.Read KTLA’s story here: http://on.ktla.com/tqKrl
Posted by KTLA 5 News on Saturday, December 12, 2015