The shooting, which took place shortly after noon Sunday, garnered widespread attention after video captured by a bystander was posted on Facebook. The video shows four officers struggling with the man near a curb when the clicking of what sounds like a stun gun is heard and then about five shots ring out.
Someone is heard yelling, "Drop the gun,'' right before the shots are heard. Onlookers then accost the officers at the scene. The video was apparently posted online within hours of the death by a man named Anthony Blackburn. You can watch the entire video yourself by clicking here but we want to caution you that it is graphic.
LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said the officers, one of whom is a sergeant, were responding to a report of a robbery and used lethal force after a stun gun proved ineffective. He added that the department was aware of the video, and would attempt to amplify its sound and pictures to figure out exactly what happened.
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