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Videos posted on Twitter Friday morning show a Huntington Beach police officer struggling with and then firing multiple times on a man who collapses in front of a 7-Eleven. Police say the man was hospitalized and later died.
A 17-second video of the incident was initially posted to Twitter just after 9:30 a.m. It shows an officer firing multiple times at a man, who falls to the sidewalk.
A Huntington Beach Police Department spokeswoman said the officer contacted a male individual outside the 7-Eleven at 6012 Edinger Ave. and they “got into an altercation.” Then an officer-involved shooting occurred and the male was taken to a hospital with unknown injuries, police spokeswoman Officer Angie Bennett said.
Police weren’t immediately releasing any other details, but just after noon Bennett confirmed the man had died. His identity has not been released.
A few additional seconds of video captured by the same photographer who tweeted the shooting footage appear to show the officer struggling with the man, whose back is on the pavement. The man appears to take something off the officer’s duty belt before the officer pulls away and shots are fired.
The additional video was distributed to local television news stations by a freelance news photographer, who also tweeted the footage.
Two witnesses who were separately going to the 7-Eleven described the events. Both witnesses, who each did not want to be identified, said the officer approached the man, who then swung a punch toward the officer. One of the witnesses said the man “hit” the officer, while the other said the man “tried to throw a punch.”
Then the man and the officer were on the ground wrestling when the man grabbed what appeared to be the officer’s “magazine clip,” both witnesses said.
In the video showing the gunfire, the man, clad in dark pants and sweatshirt, is clearly holding something in his right hand before the shots are fired, causing him to convulse and stumble.