An unarmed man killed by sheriff’s deputies in Willowbrook earlier this year was shot six times, with three of the bullets entering his back, a coroner’s report released Thursday shows.
The fatal shooting of 24-year-old Compton resident Ryan Twyman sparked outrage in the community and on social media, including an Instagram post from rapper The Game calling on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to provide answers in the case.
Twyman was also shot in his jaw, right flank and through his left upper arm after deputies spotted his white Kia sedan, wanted in connection with weapons violations, in the parking lot of an apartment complex on East 132nd Street the evening of June 6.
The deputies fired 34 rounds total as the car backed up, causing them to believe it was being used as a weapon, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Twyman’s official cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds, with two to his back determined to be fatal. Four bullets were recovered from his body, according to the report from the county Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
No drugs or alcohol were found in his system, but the autopsy noted that a bag containing marijuana was located on the ground near the Kia’s driver’s side door.
A witness at scene told investigators Twyman had a history of grand mal seizures since childhood.
The report was completed June 8 but released Wednesday. Officials did not give a reason for the delay.
The Sheriff’s Department says its detectives had been looking for Twyman, who was named in a felony warrant for alleged weapons violations, before the fatal encounter. Some firearms were recovered during a search of his residence in April, but Twyman wasn’t home at the time.
After spotting the vehicle parked in Willowbrook, a pair of deputies approached it on foot and gave verbals command, officials say.
Video the department released of the shooting shows the deputies were standing on each side of the car when one of them opened a rear passenger door.
Twyman then reversed the vehicle, pulling the deputy with it and causing the door to strike him.
That’s when both deputies opened fire with handguns. At some point, one deputy grabbed a rifle from the patrol car and continued shooting.
The Sheriff’s Department has said the passenger wasn’t injured, but the coroner’s report says he was hospitalized with non-life threatening wounds.
The coroner’s report noted numerous bullet holes were seen in the windows and passenger side of the Kia.
The passenger was identified as 22-year-old Deimeon Laffell in a claim filed by Twyman’s family against L.A. County.
The claim alleges the men “made no aggressive movements, furtive gestures or physical movements which would suggest to a reasonable law enforcement officer that either of them was armed with any kind of weapon.”
Family members said Twyman was the father of three children.