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Published on Apr 11, 2012 by TVNewsCaps
LAPD officers shoot and kill a suspect to end a police
pursuit on the 101 freeway. The cops t-bone the suspect's car and he jumps out
onto the freeway running away while shooting a gun.
Eight Los Angeles police officers fired more than 90 rounds at an
unarmed 19-year-old man who had led them on a high speed freeway pursuit
and called 911 to threaten them with a gun, authorities said.
The shooting played out on live television after Abdul Arian refused
to pull over when police tried to stop him for erratic driving. He led
police on a chase onto the 101 Freeway, where he stopped in dramatic
fashion -- turning his car and stopping across eastbound lanes.
He jumped out of the car and ran. Then he turned and appeared to run
backwards. Police said he assumed a "shooting stance" and appeared to
raise his arms and appear to point a weapon, prompting them to open
fire, killing him.
No gun was found at the scene, but police released statements Arian
made to a 911 dispatcher in which he claims he has a weapon and makes it
clear that he's not afraid to use it.
"I have a gun," Arian said.
"I've been arrested before for possession of destructive devices; I'm not afraid of the cops."
He also said: "If they pull their guns, I'm going to have to pull my gun out on them."
According to a news release, the dispatcher pleaded with Arian to
surrender peacefully, saying, "I don't want you to hurt yourself."
Arian responded with expletives and a threat: "... these police, they're going to get hurt."
The department's force investigation division kept the freeway closed
all night as they collected evidence and conducted interviews.
Department officials will review several factors related to the
incident, including communication tactics and whether the large number
of rounds fired endangered other freeway motorists.
No breakdowns were available about how many shots each officer fired.
In: Regional News
Tags: police, chase, car, carjacking, shot, killed, suspect, foot, chase
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States (load item map)
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