In a shocking video uploaded to YouTube from bystander Anthony Blackburn, Los Angeles police fatally shot a seemingly homeless man on skid row Sunday evening during an altercation over an officer's weapon.
According to reports, the officers were responding to a 911 call citing possible robbery.
In the video, officers can be seen struggling with a group of homeless people, after their target violently resists arrest.
"At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer's weapons occurred," Comndr. Andrew Smith said of the incident. "At that point an officer-involved shooting happened."
Two officers and a sergeant fired multiple shots (heard on tape) at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith said.
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"It's always tragic when there's a loss of life in one of these situations," Smith assured. "It's not an incident taken lightly by any police officer. But we are committed to everyone involved and to the public to conduct a thorough and complete investigation."
The man has been identified by his street name "Africa." Though a familiar face in the area, officers have not yet clarified whether or not he was homeless.
Protests soon followed the shooting, with dozens gathered around Pershing Square.
Street vendor Yannick Babou shared his perspective of the situation:
"I'm not anti-police. I think we need police in society," Babou said. "But I think we need to hold police accountable when they do something wrong."