An investigation was underway Monday into an officer-involved shooting that left a knife-wielding man dead outside a 99 Cent Only Store in East Hollywood, police said.
Officers initially responded to a vandalism call in the 5200 block of Sunset Boulevard (map) on Sunday at around 3:40 p.m., according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
When the officers arrived at the scene, they found a man armed with a knife outside of the store, according to police.
A Taser was initially used on the man after he would not surrender, LAPD Cmdr. Dennis Kato said.
When that didn’t work, police shot him, according to Kato.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the LAPD news release. Police were able to recover the knife.
Exclusive witness video obtained by KTLA showed a man lying face down on the sidewalk, thought it was not immediately clear if that was before or after the shooting.
A witness at the scene who did not want to be identified said an officer struck the man’s arm with a baton while he was lying on the sidewalk. That appeared to have been caught on the video.
“This is an injustice. Officers should protect people, not hurt them,” the witness said.
She described the man who died as an elderly homeless man who appeared to have been drunk at the time.
The woman’s daughter told KTLA she witnessed the officer hitting the man on the arm twice.
“That much detail I don’t have,” Kato said, when asked about the use of the baton. “That’s something our detectives will have to get once they interview the officers who are now at Hollywood Station.”
One LAPD investigator said the inquiry into the incident would include taking a look at why the baton was used.
The investigation would then be reviewed to see if officers complied “with the department’s use-of-force policy, which states that an officer’s use-of-force actions must be objectively reasonable,” the LAPD release stated.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office was also expected to conduct a comprehensive review of the officer-involved shooting, according to the release.
No officers were injured in the incident.