Video shows Huntington Beach officer struggling with suspect before fatal shooting

A Huntington Beach police officer was captured on video Friday morning as he struggled with a suspect in a convenience store parking lot and then fatally shot the man multiple times.

Bystander videos of the incident that were posted to social media showed the officer struggling with the man in front of a 7-Eleven store and the man pulling an object from the officer’s utility belt. The officer then unholstered his pistol, moved quickly away and began firing.

The videos show the man standing, turning and hunching his shoulders as the sound of up to seven gunshots can be heard. The officer’s voice also can be heard shouting, “Get down!” The man then drops a dark object from his right hand and collapses to the ground.

“This appears to be video of the event, but we have not confirmed the source. We are in the preliminary stages of our investigation and are not releasing any further details at this time,” said police spokeswoman Officer Angie Bennett.

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