The two deputies fired more than a dozen shots at the allegedly armed man as he walked away and continued to do so after knocking him to the ground, according to video shared with KTLA-TV.
Several calls to 911 said a black male wearing a checkered shirt had brandished a handgun and fired shots at several locations before 11 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.
The suspect, identified by relatives as 28-year-old Nicholas Robertson, was confronted by two deputies outside a gas station.
In a video shot from a nearby restaurant, he appears to calmly walk away seconds before deputies opened fire.
The suspect allegedly refused to drop a weapon and pointed it at the officers before being shot, police said citing investigators and witnesses.
It’s unclear if there were people directly in front of Robertson as he walked away.
A group of witnesses inside a building across the street from the shooting watched the police shooting unfold and seemed shocked at the sound of gunfire.
“Those are real live bullets,” one witnesses exclaimed.
Anti-police brutality protesters rallied around Robertson, a father of three children, at the site of his death where police stood by wearing riot gear and ready to use tear gas.
A police statement made no mention of Robertson’s agonizing moments before dying, but said a .45-caliber handgun was found near Robertson’s body.
Sheriff Jim McDonnell called for caution in regards to the cell phone footage.
“In this modern age of cell phone video and instant analysis on the internet, I would ask that we keep in mind that a thorough and comprehensive investigation is detailed and time intensive,” McDonnell said. “It will involve, not just one source of information, but numerous sources, potentially including multiple videos, physical evidence and eyewitness accounts.”
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