Video Shows California Cop Suddenly Pull Gun and Shoot Pedestrian Three Times After Struggle
New video surfaced online on Monday that shows the disturbing moment when an officer with the California Highway Patrol pulled his gun during a struggle to remove a pedestrian from a traffic-filled stretch of freeway in South Los Angeles, shooting him three times at point-blank range.
The incident occurred after police responded to a call of a man walking in and out of traffic at the I-105 near Wilmington Avenue near the Watts section of the city on Sunday afternoon, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
In footage posted on social media (warning: graphic imagery), a highway officer is seen tussling on the ground with the unidentified pedestrian before breaking free, pulling out his pistol and firing three shots at point-blank range until the man stopped moving.
The man was taken to the hospital but his condition remains unknown, according to the Daily Mail. The officer did not suffer any injuries.
The westbound lanes of the I-105 were shut down until early the next morning, authorities said.
The closures led to the roadway being brought to a standstill in the aftermath of the shooting.
Officials with the California Highway Patrol have not released any statements regarding what sparked the shooting other than, “A struggle ensued and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”