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Video shows struggle leading to fatal OIS in Louisiana that sparked protests

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BATON ROUGE, La.  — A Louisiana police officer shot and killed a man following a confrontation outside a Baton Rouge convenience store, authorities said.

An autopsy shows Alton Sterling, 37, of Baton Rouge, died Tuesday of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back, said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William Clark.

Officers responded to the store about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday after an anonymous caller indicated a man selling music CDs and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.

Two officers responded and had some type of altercation with the man and one officer fatally shot the suspect, McKneely said. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard department policy, he said.

The store’s owner, Abdul Muflahi, told WAFB-TV that the first officer used a Taser on Sterling and the second officer tackled the man. Muflahi said as Sterling fought to get the officer off of him, the first officer shot him “four to six times.”

The owner said Sterling did not have a gun in his hand at the time but he saw officers remove a gun from Sterling’s pocket after the shooting.

Sterling is a registered sex offender, convicted in 2000 for ‘carnal knowledge of a juvenile, records show.

According to the NY Daily News,  Sterling was previously arrested for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery.  Family members said he was on probation when he died and would not have been allowed to carry a gun.

McKneely said late Tuesday that he could not confirm Muflahi’s description of the alleged event or any other details of the investigation.

The Advocate reported a crowd of people protesting the shooting gathered late Tuesday afternoon at the store where it took place. The group grew to over 200 people, who chanted and waved signs late into the night, according to the newspaper.


The Associated Press and LEO Affairs contributed to this report.

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  1. This will be quick. The family is upset of the loss of their family member but the statements they made are really stupid. Because he her was a felon that never stopped him from committing all of the other crimes he has done. A 911 caller stated he had a gun and pointed it at him. When the police arrived they tazzed him the jumped him when the was fighting with them one officer got away and fired 4 times and when they checked his pockets the gun was found. And the store owner told the same story. Once again he found what he was looking for.

    • ARE YOU NUTS , THIS GUY HAD 5 KIDS AND WAS SELLING CD’S, AND REFUSED TO GIVE A HOMELESS GUY MONEY , SO HE CALLED THE POLICE TO GET BACK AT HIM, IF THERE WAS A CALLER HAT SAID HE HAD A GUN, HE WOULD HAVE NEEDED TO DESCRIBE IT TO THE POLICE FORIT TO BE TAKEN AS A REAL THREAT. OTHERWISE ANYONE COULD DO THAT ALL DAY AND SEND COPS EVERYWHERE, AND ONCE THEY WERE HOLDING HIM DOWN , WHY WAS THERE A NEED TO SHOOT HIM 6 TIMES, INCLUDING A PAUSE IN BETWEEN SHOT 3 AND 4 EVEN AFTER TAZING HIM TIS WAS A CASE OF MURDER, AND THE POLICE SHOULD ADMIT THIS OR IT WILL BECOME A HUGE EVENT

  2. 1. Mr. Sterling’s criminal history has nothing to do with this incident unless it was known by the responding officers.
    2. It is legal for some to carry a gun in La. so until and unless those LEO’s has determined Mr. Sterling did not have the right he was innocent in the eyes of the law. Now we now Sterling did not have the right to have a gun. Those cops had every right to legally detain him, pat him down for weapons and run his ID and then legally arrest him only because we know now Sterling did nt have a right to have a gun.
    3. Pointing a gun at someone in and of itself may not be a crime in La. American LEO’s do it all the time across the USA and are never charged or shot in self-defense.
    4. So far there are no claims Mr. Sterling ever brandished much less pointed his gun in view of the LEO’s.
    5. If the LEO’s tasered Mr. Sterling before legally detainingarresting him they violated the law and his civil rights. A legal detainment requires the police articulate the crime they suspect Mr. Sterling to have or about to have broken. If that legal detainment did not occur everything afterwards is consider “fruit of the poisoned tree” and some evidence will not be admissible in a court of law (the gun will be) but the actions (tasering and shooting) may not be. It may be ruled an unlawful shooting.

    IMO at this time with very limited knowledge this appears to be a similar case to Tamir Rice in that the police whom suspect a gun is involved rush-up on the suspect and escalate the situation.
    Had the LEO’s vehicle remained back somewhat, had the LEO’s used their vehicle for cover, not shouted, yelled and cursed (as is typical for American LEO’s) trying to de-escalate the incident and discuss Mr. Sterling’s options this might have had a different outcome.

    American hyper-agressive policing tactics are stupid many times and the tax-payers are sick and tired of it.
    This might have been avoided.

    No I am not nor have ever been a lawyer or cop.

  3. These officers wanted to go home next day too.
    He was a sex offender WITH a gun on him. The officers responded appropriately.

    • Who are yal to judge anybody? If the cops had handled it correctly he would still be alive and in jail today! They knew he had a gun before they got to the scene and should have never walked up on the man. They could have talked him in to surrendering (maybe) or they could have taken him down with rubber ammunition. Hand to hand combat should have never been attempted!

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