21-year-old man fatally shot by San Bernardino police had replica gun

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Authorities respond the scene of a deadly police shooting in San Bernardino on June 13, 2020. (LoudLabs)

Authorities respond the scene of a deadly police shooting in San Bernardino on June 13, 2020. (LoudLabs)

A man who was shot to death by San Bernardino police over the weekend had a replica handgun, authorities said.

Anthony Angel Armenta, 21, of San Bernardino, was shot Saturday night outside a gas station convenience store in the city east of Los Angeles.

A report of a man with a gun sent officers to the station, where they saw Armenta and ordered him to drop what appeared to be a black handgun, police said.

A photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department depicts the moments leading up to a deadly officer-involved shooting on June 13, 2020.
A photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department depicts the moments leading up to a deadly officer-involved shooting on June 13, 2020.

Instead, Armenta pointed it at an officer and was shot by both officers at the scene, police said in a statement Thursday night. He died at a hospital.

The gun was found to be a replica, police said.

Cellphone video taken from a passing car and posted to YouTube captured officers pointing their weapons at a suspect near a gas pump and shouting for him to “drop the gun!” The vehicle rounds a corner and the camera shot is obstructed as a flurry of shots are heard.

The department posted on its Facebook page several frame grabs from videos at the scene. One from an officer’s body-worn camera shows a man with his arms extended pointing an object toward a parked police cruiser.

Delina Miranda, who witnessed the incident, said she saw the man earlier rummaging through garbage cans with a flashlight.

Miranda, a cashier at a convenience store across the street, told the Los Angeles Times the man frequently panhandled in the area.

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