Eye witnesses say the man, a 28-year-old, was walking with a gun and “shooting rounds into the air.” Police say their commands for the man to drop the gun were ignored, so they fired multiple rounds at the man as he walked then crawled away from them, killing him.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the shooting happened around 11 a.m. outside of an Arco gas station near Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue.
Deputies from the Century Station responded to the area after receiving multiple calls about a man in a checkered shirt with a gun and shots being fired.
An eyewitness who asked to remain anonymous captured video of the gunfire and said the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Nick Robertson, was shooting in the air and did not want to comply with commands.
Deputies at the scene said they yelled multiple commands at the suspect to drop the gun, but ended up opening fire when he didn’t listen.
In the video, Robertson is seen walking away from officers and then several rounds are fired. He is seen injured, crawling on the ground. Deputies fire several more shots until he stops moving.
Other witnesses at the scene told authorities they saw the suspect turn and point the gun at the deputies prior to the shooting.
“The video is just one piece of evidence that’s going to be examined as part of a comprehensive, long investigation and that’ll be analyzed against the physical evidence, the witness statements and the deputies’ statements,” LASD Lt. Eddie Hernandez said.
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) December 13, 2015