Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting In Huntington Beach Captured By Bystander On Camera
A man has died after he was shot by a Huntington Beach Police officer on Friday morning outside a 7-Eleven.
Angela Bennett, a public information officer with the HBPD, told LAist that the encounter happened at around 9:30 a.m. this morning, outside the 7-Eleven by the corner of Edinger Avenue and Springdale Street. Bennett said that an “altercation occurred” between the officer and the man outside the store.
A bystander captured the shooting on video. It shows the man getting up from the ground, and an officer backing away. Sevens shots are then heard in the video. The man then staggers and falls to the ground. The footage does not show the moments leading up to the shooting.
The video was put up on Twitter (warning: the footage is graphic):
Marina High School, which is just across the street from the scene of the shooting, was placed on lockdown in response to the incident. Bennett said that it was done as a “precaution only,” adding that all students were safe. By 11:16 a.m. the school had tweeted to say that the lockdown was lifted.
The man was pronounced dead after he was transported to a local hospital. His identity has not yet been released. It's unclear if he was armed during the incident.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident. There are no other outstanding suspects, reports the OC Register.
According to the L.A. Times, the incident marks the seventh officer-involved shooting in Huntington Beach this year, which exceeds the total for any year in this decade for the HBPD.