LAPD Officers Kill Man Who Chucked Beer Bottle At Their Car, Police Say
Over the weekend, LAPD officers shot and killed a man in Van Nuys after their car window shattered. Police now say the man threw what they believed to be a beer bottle at their window, which led to the officers believing they were being shot at.
"They were approached from the rear by an individual who threw a, what we believe to be a 40-ounce beer bottle through the rear view window of the police vehicle with such force that the officers believed they were being fired upon," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told City News Service. "They alighted from the vehicle and an officer-involved shooting occurred."
Police officials said they didn't find a gun at the scene, according to the L.A. Times.
The man killed has not been identified as his next of kin has not been notified yet, but a coroner's spokesman told the Times he was in his 40s.
Two LAPD officers were stopped at a red light at Sepulveda and Victory boulevards on Saturday at 11:30 p.m. when they say their rear window suddenly shattered. They both got out of the cruiser, and fired gunshots at the man.
Police told KTLA that the officers may have believed they were being shot at. Though, it's not clear if the man was armed with any weapons.
The man died at the scene. The two officers were not injured.
Authorities, including the LAPD and district attorney's office, are investigating the incident.