L.A. Police Say Homeless Man Tried to Grab to Gun Before Fatal Shooting

But a bystander who caught the incident on video says otherwise

Los Angeles’ police chief said Monday there was evidence that a homeless man shot and killed by officers on Sunday had struggled over one of their guns, but a bystander who captured a viral video of the deadly incident says he never saw the man reach for a weapon.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said during a news conference that the slide of the weapon had been “partially engaged,” which is “indicative of a struggle over a weapon,” according to the Los Angeles Times, which has reviewed a second video of the deadly altercation.

Police were responding to a suspected robbery call and pursued a man known by some as “Africa” in the skid row area, home to one of the largest populations of homeless people in the country. After officers made contact, the department said in a statement, the man apparently began to fight back and resist being taken into custody.

“The officers attempted to use a TASER to subdue him but the suspect continued to fight and resist the officers and fell to the ground,” the statement continues. “While on the ground, the suspect and officers struggled over one of the officer’s handguns and then an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Sunday’s encounter was recorded by at least one officer’s body camera and caught on a video that was circulated widely on Facebook. The bystander who recorded the footage, Anthony Blackburn, told CNN on Monday that he hadn’t seen the man reach for a weapon.

Beck said the officers involved in the shooting had received training about working with mentally ill people. The man reportedly spent the past few months living in a tent after previously residing at a mental-health facility.

Police said the shooting is being investigated by a number of law-enforcement offices, including the Office of Inspector General and Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s Justice System, to determine if the man’s death was another case of excessive force by police, as some witnesses and local activists claim.

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Know Right Now: LAPD Shoots and Kills Homeless Man

The disturbing incident was caught on camera by a bystander

A homeless man was shot and killed by the Los Angeles Police Department on Skid Row Sunday. Watch Know Right Now to find out more.

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Deadly Shooting Kills 1 at Copenhagen Free Speech Event

Kenneth Meyer—AP An armed security officer runs down a street near a venue after shots were fired where an event titled "Art, blasphemy and the freedom of expression" was being held in Copenhagen, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015.

Cartoonist who has drawn Muhammad was in attendance

One person is dead after shots were fired at a cafe in Copenhagen on Saturday that hosted an event organized by a Swedish cartoonist who has received death threats of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, according to media reports.

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According to the Associated Press and Reuters, Danish police say that one civilian was killed and three police officers were injured during the event titled “Art, Blasphemy and the Freedom of Expression.”

The cartoonist, Lars Vilks, has been the subject of numerous death threats over the years, primarily over a cartoon he drew in 2007 depicting Muhammad with the body of a dog. Some branches of Islam prohibit any likeness of Muhammad.

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According to multiple media reports, gunmen fired numerous shots into the cafe and then drove away from the scene.

The incident follows the attack inside the offices of the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in January, which killed 12 people.

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A huge crowd gathered Wednesday night to mourn Muslim students Deah Barakat, 23; his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19, who were murdered near the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on Tuesday.

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Two Police Officers Injured as Gunman Opens Fire at Minnesota City Hall

The man was fatally shot after other officers returned fire

A man was killed in Minnesota on Monday after he opened fire on two police officers after a swearing-in ceremony at New Hope city hall.

The shooter, who has not yet been named, was fatally shot after exchanging fire with other officers at the scene, Reuters reports.

The shoot-out occurred after the wounded two officers, who had just been sworn-in, left the chambers. They have also not been identified but are in good condition and are expected to survive.

In a video of the council meeting, a series of gunshots can be heard followed by council member John Elder urging everyone to “get down.”

Elder, who used to work for the local police department, can be seen holding a handgun as he takes cover behind the desk.

No one inside the meeting was hurt, and authorities say they don’t know why the gunman opened fire.



5 Shot at Chris Brown Concert in San Jose

Chris Brown performs in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 2014.
Leon Bennett—WireImage/Getty Images Chris Brown performs in Inglewood, Calif., Dec. 2014.

Police said all victims were expected to survive

Chris Brown was performing at a San Jose nightclub early Sunday morning when gunshots were fired and injured five people, EW has confirmed.

Brown was performing his hit “Loyal” at Fiesta nightclub when an altercation in an area of the venue resulted in gunshots, said Officer Albert Morales, a spokesman for San Jose Police Department.

“We did respond to an incident at about 1:20 this morning. It was a private party being hosted by Chris Brown, as well as a local DJ. We don’t know if it was a scheduled performance but it was an event where he was in attendance,” Morales told EW.

In an Instagram video obtained by TMZ, the singer is seen mid-performance when an altercation in an area of the club off-camera caught his attention.

“Oh, them n—as getting it in over there,” Brown said into the microphone.

But within seconds, a series of gunshots were heard and Brown is seen being ushered off the stage by his security team.

“Someone’s shooting a gun, oh my god,” a female can be heard exclaiming in the video.

Five people were treated for gunshot wounds but “they are all expected to survive,” said Morales.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, Brown told fans he was uninjured following the incident, tweeting “I’m 100.” That tweet has since been deleted. A publicist for Brown did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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British MP: Paris Shooting Suspects Have Been Communicating With People in Yemen

The chairman of the U.K.'s Intelligence and Security Committee revealed the suspects in the Charlie Hedbo killings have been in touch with people in Yemen

As the search for two men suspected of killing a dozen people in Paris on Wednesday continues, Malcolm Rifkind, the chairman of the U.K.’s Intelligence and Security Committee, said on Friday that the suspects had been in recent contact with people in Yemen.

Speaking to the BBC Radio 4 Today program, Rifkind said, “What is emerging in Paris is that the two individual responsible for the terrible massacre at Charlie Hebdo were communicating with people in the Yemen over the last days, last few weeks.”

Backing Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, in calling for increased surveillance powers, Rifkind continued, saying, “The hugely important objective is to enable intelligence agencies to be able to get hold of these communications to try to prevent incidents of this kind.”

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Gunman Opens Fire on VA Clinic in El Paso

Army Hospital Shooter Reported
Victor Calzada—AP Police officers guard an entrance to the Beaumont Army Medical Center/El Paso VA campus during the search for a gunman Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Officials say one doctor was injured and two people were killed during the incident

Two people are dead and one injured after an unidentified gunman went on a shooting spree at a Veterans Affairs health clinic in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon.

The gunman reportedly opened fire at the medical center around 3:10 pm local time. The shooter and one victim were later killed during the melee. However, officials have not confirmed whether responding officers killed the gunman, according to the Associated Press.

A doctor at the clinic was also injured during the incident, according to a local FOX affiliate.

The identities of the shooter and victims have not been released nor have authorities commented publicly about the possible motive behind the deadly attack.

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The Monday night shooting of two plainclothes officers responding to a robbery call came just one day after the funeral of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, who was fatally shot in Brooklyn, along with his partner Rafael Ramos, in December. The officers in the Bronx shooting are said to be in critical but stable condition

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