Graphic footage has emerged online of a man being fatally shot by police in Los Angeles after he allegedly pointed a gun at officers.
According to KTLA the man has been identified by family members as 28-year-old Nicholas Robertson, a married father of three.
Police say they were called to the scene after reports a man was walking down the road with a gun visibly on show.
Lt. Eddie Hernandez was reported to have said Robertson had discharged his weapon, and ignored “several commands” from officers to put the gun down.
We have witnesses that say that the suspect turned, pointed the gun at the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
In the footage two armed officers are seen discharging multiple rounds at Robertson, who at one point falls to the ground and is crawling away while gunfire continues. A later count suggested 30 shots had been fired in total.
BREAKING: A witness's graphic video appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood.It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured.In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.Read KTLA's story here: http://on.ktla.com/tqKrl
Posted by KTLA 5 News on Saturday, December 12, 2015
Despite Robertson’s family believing the suspect was not armed, police say they recovered two “real bullets” that seemingly belonged to the .45-caliber handgun they allege Robertson was carrying.
Hernandez said an investigation will take place, but warned it will not be a quick process.
In this modern age of cellphone 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.”