HUNTINGTON BEACH, California (AP) – Police officers shot and killed an armed man in the sand in front of dozens of terrified witnesses, many gathered at Huntington Beach for the US Open of Surfing.
Officers who responded to reports of a man with a gun contacted him Saturday afternoon, and when he refused to comply with many commands, they opened fire, city police spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said in a statement.
The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He is not identified.
A gun was found at the scene, she said.
Witnesses said several shots rang south of the pier near the bike and pedestrian path after the surfing competition ended for the day. A witness video showed the man rolling on the sand and appearing to reach an object before officers fired several rounds and hit him while people shouted and screamed.
“We started hearing pop, pop, pop,” Hector Tovar told The Orange County Register. “I thought it was fireworks, there were so many rounds there were.”
Officers’ body cameras were activated during the shooting, and the footage will be examined by Orange County Sheriff’s investigators, who will work with Huntington Beach police to investigate the shooting, officials said.
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