Gunned Down

Video shows LA police shooting an armed man dead as he crawled away

Police say the man had been firing a gun into the air.

Warning: The video contains footage of a man being shot dead and may be disturbing to some readers. 

TWO LOS ANGELES County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed an armed suspect in a shooting captured on video that appears to show a man being hit with gunfire as he crawled away from the deputies.

The man has been named as 28-year-old father-fo-three Nick Robertson.

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The deputies were responding on Saturday to reports of a man walking in the city of Lynwood and firing a gun into the air around 11am, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said in a statement.

When the deputies encountered the man in front of a petrol station, they ordered him to drop the gun but he did not comply.

“Witnesses in the immediate area said they saw the suspect turn and point the gun at the deputies prior to the shooting,” the statement said.

The video shows the deputies firing several rounds after the man fell and crawled on the ground. He died at the scene.

The suspect’s weapon, a loaded .45 calibre handgun, was recovered from the scene. His name has not been released.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department said they would be were reviewing the video:

In this modern age of cell phone video and instant analysis on the internet, I would ask that we keep in mind that a thorough and comprehensive investigation is detailed and time intensive. It will involve, not just one source of information, but numerous sources, potentially including multiple videos, physical evidence and eyewitness accounts. 

Sheriff Jim McDonnell planned to discuss the shooting at a news conference later on Sunday.

- With reporting by Rónán Duffy

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