When Officers Opened Fire on Suspect in Long Beach
Police View “Obstructed” When free run 2 Officers Opened Fire on Suspect in Long BeachAccording to a press release, the officers open fire after seeing the suspect reach into his waist band.”Long Beach officers, who were located on the beach, east of the foot of the stairs with an obstructed view due to palm trees and shrubbery, heard gunshots from above and saw the suspect running toward the populated beach area,” the press release stated. “The suspect failed to surrender and after officers observed him reaching or his waist band, an officer involved free run 2 shooting occurred.”Caught on Video: Police Fatally Shoot Man During StandoffFormer LAPD detective Tim Williams, a police use of force expert, however, believes the shooting was unjustified. A witness recorded the shooting with his cell phone camera.”I do not see (the suspect) reach his waist band at all,” Williams said. “From my observations from looking at this video tape, (the shooting) is not justified, I think it objectively unreasonable and it my opinion, is excessive force.”In the video, you see the suspect running down stairs, being chased by police dogs with both hands visible, before being shot. Sunday at a Target store in the 1600 block of South Alameda Street in Compton where sheriff’s deputies were assisting security officers in detaining a man who allegedly tried to commit a robbery at the store, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.The SUV came to a stop in the 1800 block of East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach, where deputies said the man refused to come out of the vehicle.About 15 minutes later, the man got out of the SUV allegedly holding a large wooden stick.In an attempt to detain the uncooperative suspect, the press release said, free run 2 deputies used a stun bag, but it had no effect on the man, and he again ran from deputies.Download the FREE NBCLA News appLong Beach police of free run 2 ficers who were there to help apprehend the man opened fire after confronting him, the press release said.The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital.Witnesses told NBC4 that the suspect did not appear to be aggressive. Officials have not yet said whether a weapon had been found on the suspect after he was shot.