Video captured the terrifying moment a California police officer fired seven shots into a suspect outside of a 7-11, killing him.
The video started with the suspect on the ground and then showed him reaching for the officer’s belt and appeared to grab his magazine before he quickly got to his feet, the Daily Mail reported.
The Huntington Beach police officer stepped back and fired six shots at the suspect, who was dressed all in black, and the suspect did not fall.
The unidentified officer screamed “Get down, get down!” before he fired a seventh shot which finally knocked the man off his feet.
**WARNING _ GRAPHIC VIDEO.**
— Timo (@Cali_Funk1) September 22, 2017
Huntington Beach Police did not say why police were called to the scene, but issued a statement confirming that the suspect had died.
“At 9.30am, an officer contacted a subject outside the 7-Eleven. At that time, an altercation ensued between the suspect and the officer and an officer-involved shooting occurred.
“The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he later died” the statement read.
Video showed the man on the ground after being shot, still holding, what appeared to be, the magazine he took off of the officer’s belt.
Witness reports claimed that there was a robbery inside the store, and a hostage was taken, but those reports have not been confirmed by the Huntington Beach police, according to the Daily Mail.
The person who shared the footage on Twitter, @Cali_Funk1, said there was not a robbery.
Not surprisingly many on social media rushed to blame the officer.
I arrived 5 minutes after the shooting and I was told that the officer did use the Taser before the footage we saw(this is just speculation)
— schuby™ (@bryan_schubert) September 22, 2017
He died so he obviously didn’t use a taser. That’s murder. pic.twitter.com/VVIwWMZp0N
— Melisa Williams (@Meli_Mel_82) September 22, 2017
But why shoot to kill? He had no weapon
— Mary St. George (@KeukaRealEstate) September 22, 2017
This police officer’s fear response is way to fucking high. You can see it, his fear his inability to handle the situation appropriately
— tina morphis (@TinaMorphis) September 22, 2017
Officer was not trained & he overreacted. The shooting was not warranted. The kid only needed a tased. Cops are not trained properly…
— Jloague (@Jloague) September 22, 2017
That is fucking murder! He was unarmed and not a threat at all ?
— Didz (@Deej76) September 22, 2017
Others had another take.
That was across the street from my school the guy robbed 711 and he a had a gun
— Jacob Richmond (@JacobRichmonddd) September 22, 2017
Thank you Huntington Beach police for keeping us safe!This is in a residential area on a busy street across from a high school.
— Traci White (@TraciWhitePCMS) September 22, 2017
Thank you HBPD for keeping the community safe!
— Kida Howlette (@MJG5757) September 23, 2017
Even on replay, the object looks like a gun and his behavior was very threatening. Even if he wasn’t armed the mistake is understandable.
— Alex Fauble (@Fauble2000) September 22, 2017
Grabbed something from the cops belt. You’ll get shot if you do that. Just follow orders..
— Tyler J Nelson (@TylerJNelson1) September 22, 2017
Why is he in this position in the first place ? That is a cop be a normal person and follow orders like u r supposed to w the law and u live
— ★E☆L★ (@ETaylorL_) September 22, 2017
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