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Los Angeles police fatally shot a homeless man on Sunday in a disturbing encounter that was caught on video.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the man, named by witnesses as “Africa,” was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The incident, which occurred downtown in the city’s Skid Row area, was captured on video and uploaded to Facebook. WARNING: content is disturbing.
The video appears to show the homeless man throwing a punch at police, and officers responding by trying to contain him. One officer drops his nightstick, which a woman picks up off the ground. Two officers push her to the ground to restrain her. Meanwhile, the officers tackle the homeless man and fire five shots. Before the shots are fired, an officer can be heard shouting, “Drop the gun.”
Witness Yolanda Young told CBS2 that the altercation occurred over an argument in a tent.
“Next thing I know, dude swung on a cop and the cop swung back. And they were hitting on him and then two other cop cars pulled up and they got out of the car and ran over there, and they had three Tasers out,” Young said.
LAPD spokesman Sgt. Barry Montgomery said the officers were responding to a robbery call on the 500 block of San Pedro Street. No officers were hurt. The name of the victim has not been released.