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LAPD Officers Fatally Shoot Driver After Pursuit

Brian Beaird, 51, was killed after responding Los Angeles Police Department officers opened fire on him in downtown L.A. following a Dec. 13, 2013, pursuit in which he was believed to be driving his silver Corvette recklessly. Beaird collided with another car, bringing the hour-plus chase to an end. When he exited the vehicle, officers fired with nonlethal rounds and then, apparently, live ammunition, aerial video showed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department was investigating, and Beaird’s family filed at $20 million claim against the LAPD.

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The family of an Oceanside man who was fatally shot by officers at the end of police pursuit in downtown Los Angeles called the death unjustified on Friday, saying the officers involved should be criminally prosecuted.

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Bill Beaird said he watched on live television as his son was fatally shot by police officers responding to a pursuit. (Credit: KTLA)

Alongside the family of 51-year-old Brian Newt Beaird, who was killed Dec. 13 after a high-speed chase, attorney Dale Galipo announced a $20 million claim that was being filed against the Los Angeles Police Department in the death.

Beaird’s 80-year-old father could barely speak at times as he discussed the claim at a news conference outside LAPD headquarters downtown. He witnessed the pursuit on live television, calling his son and telling him to pull over.

“I just can’t seem to get over this,” Bill Beaird said.

Authorities had said the pursuit of the silver Chevrolet Corvette began in the South Gate area after apparent reckless drunken driving. The Corvette weaved through residential areas, sometimes at high speeds and with its lights off, aerial video showed, ending up in downtown Los Angeles.

More than an hour after the chase began, the Corvette slammed into another car at Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street, where Beaird stumbled out of the vehicle with his hands in the air. He was shot first by nonlethal rounds and then, apparently, by bullets fired by Los Angeles Police Department officers, aerial video showed.

Family members disputed allegations that Beaird was drunk, saying he suffered from paranoia, particularly of the police.

“I can only imagine how terrified and alone he was, the last moments of his life,” brother John Beaird said. “Even though his decisions were bad, the decisions of those offers pale in comparison to what my brother did.”

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Bryan Newt Beaird, 51, of Oceanside was shot and killed following a pursuit that ended in a violent crash. (Credit: DMV)

Brian Beaird served in the U.S. National Guard and was discharged in 1988 after undergoing surgery for a brain tumor, his father said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Beaird described his son as a “disabled veteran,” and Galipo said his paranoia had developed after the brain surgery, according to The Times.

“He was simply afraid and paranoid of the police, even though he has never been convicted of any felonies,” Galipo said, the newspaper reported. “And that paranoia of the police is one of the reasons why he didn’t pull over.”

On Thursday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced that the three officers involved in the shooting were placed on extended leave pending an internal investigation into the shooting death. In a statement, Beck said that after a preliminary briefing he was “very concerned about the circumstances that led up to and resulted in” the shooting.

One of the two occupants of the car struck by Beaird’s Corvette was seriously injured, Beck noted.

Galipo urged the chief to disciple the officers.

“We are hoping that there is some…example set by Chief Beck…to tell his officers we do not want this type of senseless shooting,” Galipo said.

Family members said officers should be criminally prosecuted in addition to the Police Department facing the civil claim.

KTLA’s Kennedy Ryan and Sara Welch contributed to this story.

The family of an Oceanside man who was shot and killed at the end of a police pursuit in downtown Los Angeles announced plans on Thursday to file a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city.

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Bryan Newt Beaird, 51, of Oceanside was shot and killed following a pursuit that ended in a violent crash. (Credit: DMV)

Attorneys representing the family of 51-year-old Brian Newt Beaird claim the Dec. 13 shooting was unjustified, saying “Brian was unarmed at the time … and posed no immediate threat to the life of any officer or individual”

Beaird was a disabled veteran who served in the National Guard for eight years, family attorney Dale K. Galipo said in a statement.

The circumstances of this incident are particularly egregious, according to Galipo, because his father witnessed the fatal shooting of his son on live television.

The announcement came just hours after L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck placed three LAPD officers who opened fire on Beaird on extended leave.

Beck told the L.A. Times he made the decision after a briefing from LAPD investigators who told him the officers had fired more than 20 times.

The chase began Friday around 9 p.m. with East L.A. sheriff’s deputies pursuing a man in a silver Corvette near Firestone Boulevard in South Gate.

The man, later identified as Bryan Newt Beaird, of Oceanside, was being pursued for reckless driving and possible DUI, according to sheriff’s officials.

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Police pursuit driver of silver Corvette across SoCal streets. (Credit: KTLA)

The pursuit ended in downtown L.A. around 10:30 p.m. when Beaird’s Corvette slammed into another vehicle near Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street (map).

Beaird stumbled out of the Corvette and appeared to being trying to flee on foot.

But video captured by Sky5 showed him collapse on the sidewalk next to the car after apparently being shot by police. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

The video also appeared to show that the unarmed Beaird was hit by non-lethal rounds before deadly force was used. Bean bags could be seen bouncing off his body and on the sidewalk and street around him.

Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters on Monday that investigators were still trying to determine what led to the fatal shooting of a 51-year-old pursuit suspect after he crashed his Corvette in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Police pursuit driver of silver Corvette across SoCal streets. (Credit: KTLA)

The chase began Friday around 9 p.m. with East L.A. sheriff’s deputies pursuing a man in a silver Corvette near Firestone Boulevard in South Gate. The man, later identified as Bryan Newt Beaird, of Oceanside, was being pursued for reckless driving and possible DUI, according to sheriff’s officials.

The pursuit ended in Downtown L.A. around 10:30 p.m. when the Corvette slammed into another vehicle and a fire hydrant near Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street (map).

The driver stumbled out of the Corvette and appeared to being trying to flee on foot.

But video captured by Sky5 showed the driver collapse on the sidewalk next to the car after apparently being shot by police. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

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Bryan Newt Beaird, 51, of Oceanside was shot and killed following a pursuit that ended in a violent crash. (Credit: DMV)

The video also appeared to show that the unarmed Beaird was hit by non-lethal rounds before deadly force was used. Bean bags could be seen bouncing of

f Beaird’s body and along the sidewalk and street around him.

“When you deploy a bean bag, you announce, so if there are other officers at the scene they do not mistake it for shots fired,” said retired LAPD Detective and use of force expert Tim Williams.
Authorities were trying to determine if the bean bags may have if fact triggered the shooting.
Speaking to reporters at a gun buyback event Monday, Beck commented on that possibility saying “these are tough instances….it is difficult to do them perfectly in the haste of the moment.”
Family members told KTLA that Beaird was a disabled veteran.
Carolyn Costello and Ann Pride contributed to this report.

The man who was shot and killed after a police chase in downtown Los Angeles was identified Sunday as Bryan Newt Beaird, 51, of Oceanside, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

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Police pursued the driver of silver Corvette across SoCal streets. (Credit: KTLA)

The chase began Friday around 9 p.m. with East L.A. sheriff’s deputies pursuing a man in a silver Corvette near Firestone Boulevard in South Gate.

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Bryan Newt Beaird, 51, of Oceanside was shot and killed following a pursuit that ended in a violent crash. (Credit: DMV)

The man, later identified as Beaird, was being pursued for reckless driving and possible DUI, according to sheriff’s officials.

At one point, deputies backed off the Corvette and allowed the department’s airship to follow the car through Cudahy, Huntington Park, South Gate and Walnut Park.

The Los Angeles Police Department picked up the chase when the Corvette entered the South Los Angeles area.

The pursuit ended in Downtown L.A. around 10:30 p.m. when the Corvette slammed into another vehicle and a fire hydrant near Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street (map).

The driver stumbled out of the Corvette and appeared to being trying to flee on foot.

But video captured by Sky5 showed the driver collapse on the sidewalk next to the car after apparently being shot by police.

He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

More than 12 hours after a police pursuit in downtown Los Angeles came to a violent end, members of the Los Angeles Police Department were still at the scene investigating the circumstances of the deadly confrontation.

KTLA 5 contacted the LAPD Saturday, however, the police department would not comment on the incident.

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Police pursuit driver of silver Corvette across SoCal streets. (Credit: KTLA)

In video captured by Sky5, officers appeared to shoot the driver of a silver Corvette who had led them on a pursuit across Southern California.

The chase began with East L.A. sheriff’s deputies around 9 p.m. near Firestone Boulevard in South Gate.

The man, who at times was driving without his headlights on, was being pursued for reckless driving and possible DUI, according to sheriff’s officials.

At one point, deputies backed off the Corvette and allowed the department’s airship to follow the car through Cudahy, Huntington Park, South Gate and Walnut Park.

The LAPD picked up the chase when the driver entered the South Los Angeles area.

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The pursuit ended near Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street, Downtown Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2013 (KTLA)

The pursuit came to an end in Downtown L.A. around 10:30 p.m. when the Corvette slammed into another vehicle and a fire hydrant near Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street.

The driver stumbled out of the Corvette and appeared to be trying to flee on foot.

But video from Sky5 showed the driver collapse on the sidewalk next to the car after apparently being shot by police.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and later transported to a hospital, where he died.

A police pursuit of a man driving a silver Corvette came to violent end Friday night in downtown Los Angeles.

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Police pursued the driver of silver Corvette across SoCal streets. (Credit: KTLA)

The chase began with East L.A. sheriff’s deputies around 9 p.m. near Firestone Boulevard in South Gate.

The man, who at times was driving without his headlights on, was being pursued for reckless driving and possible DUI, according to sheriff’s officials.

At one point, deputies backed off the Corvette and allowed the department’s airship to follow the car through Cudahy, Huntington Park, South Gate and Walnut Park.

The LAPD picked up the chase when the driver entered the South Los Angeles area.

The pursuit came to a end in downtown L.A. around 10:30 p.m. when the Corvette slammed into another vehicle and sheared off a fire hydrant near Olympic Boulevard and Los Angeles Street (map).

The driver stumbled out of the Corvette and appeared to being trying to flee on foot.

But video from Sky5 showed the driver collapse on the sidewalk next to the car after apparently being shot by police.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and later transported to a hospital.  His condition was unknown.

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