On Friday morning videos surfaced on Twitter showing an officer in Huntington Beach tussling with and subsequently shooting several times at a time who falls down in a front of a 7-Eleven convenience store. Police say the man was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
At about 9:30 a.m., a 17-second clip containing footage of the incident shows a cop shooting at a man several times was posted to Twitter, he then collapses to the ground.
A spokeswoman for the Huntington Beach Police Department said the officer made contact with a man outside the 7-Eleven located at 6012 Edinger Ave and they “got into an altercation.” Following the altercation, a shooting transpired leaving the male individual with wounds that he later succumbed to at a hospital, police spokeswoman Officer Angie Bennett said.
At the time, police didn’t immediately offer any other details, but around noon Bennett confirmed the man had died, though his identity has not been revealed.
The same photographer who captured the original video released additional footage that shows the officer grappling with the man on the ground. The man seems to take something from the officer’s duty belt before officer steps away and opens fire on the man.
The second video was shared with local news stations by a freelance news photographer, who also posted the footage on Twitter.
Two witnesses described the events that transpired at the 7-Eleven. Both witnesses, neither wished to disclose their identity, said the officer went up to the man, who then threw a punch at the officer. However, their accounts of what exactly happened conflict, as one says the man “hit” the officer, while the other said the man “tried to throw a punch.”
Then a scuffle ensued and the two were struggling on the ground when the man took what looked to be the officer’s “magazine clip<" said the witnesses.
In the video showing the shooting, the man, wearing dark pants and sweatshirt, is seen gripping something in his right hand moments before the officer fires,
causing him to shake and stumble.
It wasn’t immediately known if the officer discharged live ammunition or nonlethal rounds. When inquired about this, Bennett replied that the shooting was “an OIS” (officer-involved shooting).
In the video, six shots are let off and then a person shouts something that sounds like “Get down, get down.” After the seventh shot, the man staggers and falls on his side.
The officer grabs a radio and talks into it, but it’s unclear what is said.
Following the incident, the nearby Marina High School was placed on lockdown. The school sent a report out via twitter confirming that students were safe and there were a lot of police cars on scene.
A witness said that a female employee inside the store was grazed by a bullet.