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Fatal OIS body cam shows gang member reached for a gun between his legs before officers fired

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A police department in California has released body camera footage that shows a fatal officer-involved shooting that took place late last year.

The Torrance Police Department, who are investigating the shooting, said that the footage was taken not long after a man flagged them down and told them that his car had been stolen.

After a short search, police found the stolen vehicle and ordered Christopher Mitchell, a known gang member, to exit the vehicle.

“Get out of the car!” an officer ordered.

“My bad, I didn’t…” Mitchell replied, armed with what appeared to be a rifle.

“Get out of the car!” the officer reiterated.

Suddenly, gunshots.

Mitchell’s “rifle” later turned out to be a Crosman air gun, and failure to comply with police orders resorted in shots being fired.

According to ABC7, Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene and no officers were injured.

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