A chaotic scene erupted after a Los Angeles police officer killed a local man, subsequently leading to a near-riot Saturday, as angry witnesses threw bottles at officers who responded with tear gas and bean bag rounds.
According to CBS News, the man was shot around 4 p.m. in front of an apartment complex on the 600 block of North Anna Drive following a foot chase.
According to Anaheim Sgt. Bob Dunn, the man died three hours later at a hospital.
The Orange County Register cited family members and neighbors who said the man shot was named Manuel Diaz.
As reported by CBS:
Residents, protesting what they say is an increased police violence against them in the community, started the near riot after the shooting on nearby La Palma.
Crystal Ventura, a 17-year-old who witnessed the shooting, said the man had his back to the officer. She said the man was shot in the buttocks area.
The man then went down on his knees, and she said he was struck by another bullet in the head. Another officer handcuffed the man who by then was on the ground and not moving, Ventura said.
The residents blocked off a street and set fire to at least one dumpster.
Earlier in the day, police in riot gear, fired rubber bullets into the crowd. Several protesters lifted their shirts to show large red welts on their torsos and backs.
Authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting with members of the gangs unit and the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
SOURCE: CBS Local News