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Cell phone video captures LAPD shooting

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Cell phone video shows the confrontation and shooting between a man and several LAPD officers. (PHOTO/VIDEO: Dennis Horne) Cell phone video shows the confrontation and shooting between a man and several LAPD officers. (PHOTO/VIDEO: Dennis Horne)
LOS ANGELES - Cell phone video has surfaced of a fatal confrontation between a man and several Los Angeles Police Officers.


The video shows officers responding to a robbery call in the city's "skid row" neighborhood. Officers struggle with the man, whose identity has not been released, before gunshots are heard. In the video it appears as if the man was unarmed, but the LAPD says he was shot only after reaching for an officer's gun. The video has been censored for language. 


Chief Charlie Beck says evidence shows that the slide of the officer's gun was partly engaged, indicating it was part of struggle.


The police chief says the officer in the video said "He has my gun" several times before three other officers opened fire. Police have not identified the man known to others as "Africa."

The LAPD says at least one of the officers involved was wearing a body camera at the time and they are gathering any video they can find to aid in their investigation.

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