LAPD gunned down a man who was preparing to swing a metal pipe at them in the parking lot of a Carl’s Jr. fast food restaurant.
The entire shooting – 10 shots in all – was captured on video by two teens with a cell phone camera, who watched as the man walked out of the Carl’s Jr. about 9:30 a.m. Monday and apparently refused officers’ commands to surrender.
The dead man’s name is unknown and the names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released.
The man appears to be casually walking out of the burger joint after smashing windows at the restaurant.
Officers approach and shoot him in the face with a Taser stun gun.
The man pulls the electric probes and wires out, takes a step then turns toward one of the officers and swings the metal bar.
That’s when one officer, holding a pistol in one hand and the leash of a police dog in the other, opens fire, shooting five times.
The man stumbles backwards and spins. He is still on his feet with his back to the shooter when a second officer fires five more times.
He was taken to the hospital, where he died, police say.
The cameramen, who react with shock at what they see, apparently set up in their car to film the man’s encounter with officers after they saw him causing a disturbance in the restaurant.
“Dude they shot him so many times!” one of the onlookers says.
Before the video surfaced, police claimed the man had swung the pipe at officers. However, the footage does not show he actually took a swing.
Rather, it appears the man gripped the pipe like a baseball bat and was preparing to hit out with it.
The target of the man’s fury, the officer with the Taser, appearing to be fumbling in his pocket for a cartridge to reload the stun gun.
He backed up quickly to avoid the man’s swing.
Police were originally called to the restaurant on reports that a man was trying to break in. When they arrived, they spotted several people running from the restaurant.
The video shows police hide beside the door so the man will not see him until he walks outside.
“Get your cameras out, they’re gonna drop him right here,” one of the teens behind the camera says as the man steps out the door.
After the shooting, one of the teens comments: “They could have done something f**** different than f****** shoot him, use a baton or something.”
The video quickly became viral after the teens uploaded it to YouTube. It had more than 2600,000 views since it was uploaded Monday.