VIDEO: Man Opens Fire On Officers, Cops Take Him Out
Los Angeles, CA – Newly-released bodycam video from a shooting shows what happened when an armed man fired a shot at Los Angeles police officers.
The incident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. on April 22 when Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Officers Andrew Do and Bryan Tahuite responded to a call about a man with a gun at a Chevron station on the corner of Figueroa Street and Gardena Boulevard, KABC reported.
When the officers pulled up at the scene, 36-year-old David Flores was standing on the corner with a gun in his hand.
Flores fired a round at the officers as they exited their vehicle, and the officers returned fire, according to a statement from the LAPD.
The round from the suspect struck the LAPD cruiser in the passenger door panel.
The video showed that when Flores went down, he continued to hold his gun in the air, as if he were going to shoot at the officers again.
Officers repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapon and get on his stomach.
The video showed Flores eventually threw the gun away from him, into the middle of the street, but failed to comply with officers’ commands to roll onto his stomach.
Additional officers arrived to assist Officers Do and Tahuite, and Flores was taken into custody.
His weapon was retrieved from the roadway and booked into evidence, according to LAPD.
Medics arrived and declared Flores dead at the scene, KABC reported.
Police said Flores had a criminal history that include convictions for arson, narcotics, and battery.
Witnesses told KABC that Flores was a “drug user with an attitude” and said that he also had a drinking problem.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING - Graphic content and language: