LOCH ANGELES — Police on Monday were investigating the fatal shooting of a man by officers following a struggle on a Skid Row sidewalk that was recorded by a bystander with a cellphone.
The video was posted online and within hours had drawn millions of views. Police said the video, and others expected to emerge, would be included in the investigation.
Police spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery said officers were responding to a robbery call Sunday when they struggled with the suspect. He said officers first used a stun gun before shooting him. The man, whose identity was not released, was declared dead at the scene, police said.
A bystander's cellphone video was posted online to a Facebook account. It shows several officers attempting to take the man into custody shortly before noon.
The man appeared to scuffle with four officers even after he was wrestled to the ground. One officer can be heard on the video saying, "Drop the gun. Drop the gun.'' At least five gunshots could be heard.
After the shooting, a bystander says "You'all got him tased. Why did you you all shoot that man?!"
Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times that the man is known on the street as "Africa," and that he had been there for four or five months.
The Times quoted several eyewitnesses including Dennis Horne, 29, who said the suspect had been fighting with someone in his tent along the sidewalk, and that when he refused to comply with a police order to come out of the tent, officers used a stun gun and pulled him from the tent. He continued to fight while on the ground, Horne told the newspaper.