Long Beach Officer ID’d in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed College Student

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Feras Morad, shown, was fatally shot by a Long Beach police officer on May 27, 2015.

Long Beach police have identified the officer who fatally shot an unarmed college student last month as Matthew Hernandez, a 12-year veteran of the force.

Hernandez was alone when he confronted Feras Morad, 20, on May 27. He was responding to a call about an intoxicated, potentially violent person who had fallen or jumped out of a second-story window on East 15th Street, police officials said.

Hernandez told Morad he was there to help, according to the department’s statement, but Morad “advanced” on the officer, who fired a Taser twice.

A “physical struggle” ensued and the officer struck Morad with his flashlight, said David Hendricks, deputy chief of the department’s investigative bureau. During the struggle, the two men momentarily separated, Hendricks said, though he wouldn’t say how far apart they were. Then Morad advanced again, at which point the officer shot him, police said.

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