UPDATE: Per the Huntington Beach PD:
On 09/22/17 at about 9:30am, an officer from the Huntington Beach Police Department contacted a male outside the 7/11 store in the 6000 block of Edinger Avenue. As the officer began to talk to the subject, a verbal confrontation began, and the subject refused to listen to any commands given by the officer.
As the incident escalated and became physically violent, the officer attempted several force options including his taser, which were all ineffective.
The suspect violently attacked and assaulted the officer, and a struggle over the officer’s gun belt ensued.
The officer tried to retain his weapon while the suspect continued to grab at the officer’s belt.
The suspect removed an undetermined piece of equipment from the gun belt, and the officer fired his weapon at the suspect.
The suspect was struck by gunfire and was transported to a local hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The suspect’s identity will be released at a later time by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
A fatal officer-involved shooting was captured on cell phone video today in Huntington Beach, California. The incident occurred outside a 7-Eleven convenience store where a fight broke out when the officer made contact with the suspect.
In the first video, the suspect can be seen going for the officer’s duty belt during the fight and removing an item, possibly the officer’s OC spray or a magazine.
In the second video, the officer separates from the suspect as they both stand up and fires his gun, hitting the suspect six times, but the suspect still faces the officer who fires one more shot that finally drops him.
An unverified report by Heavy.com states that a witness is claiming the suspect was holding a girl against her will, but a spokeswoman from the Huntington Beach PD said it was not a robbery or hostage situation.
Authorities have not released any further information as of this publication. We will update the story as more information becomes available.
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