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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The deadly encounter occurred around 9:30 a.m., when the officer contacted the man at the 7-Eleven at 6012 Edinger Ave., police said. It was then that the two got into an altercation, Bennett said. The gunshot victim was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Nearby Marina High School was placed on lockdown for roughly an hour after the shooting.
This was the seventh police shooting by the department this year.
12:20 p.m.: This article was updated with another video and details that the suspect died.
This article was originally published at 11:45 a.m.