De La Torre was reminded of a shooting just three months earlier: A Latino man had come down his street, a gun in his hand, and was standing in front of his family's home when sheriff's deputies shot him, he said.
Sheriff's Lt. Brandon Dean said the responding deputies had not been interviewed by investigators, but shared their account of events with the media.
Balloons, candles and flowers are left on Tuesday as a memorial for Dijon Kizzee where he was fatally shot by Los Angeles sheriff's deputies the day before in the Westmont section of Los Angeles. "The deputies noticed that inside the clothing items he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun".
According to Dean, events leading to the shooting began when the deputies saw a man, since identified as Kizzee, riding his bike "in violation of the vehicle code" and tried to stop him.
The suspect then allegedly punched a deputy and dropped some clothing, revealing a black handgun, officials said.
Deja, a woman who witnessed the shooting told AFP that she yelled "don't shoot him, don't shoot him" as the deputies tried to stop Kizzee.
"The deputies essentially executed a man riding his bicycle", Najee Ali, a community activist, said Tuesday while standing with several of Kizzee's relatives at the scene of the shooting. Police said the handgun was recovered and no deputies were injured. More than 100 people marched to a sheriff's station.
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As deputies made a U-turn in their vehicle and approached to make contact with the man, he dropped the bike and ran on foot, causing the deputies to briefly lose sight of him until they caught up again and approached him a second time.
The shooting death Monday afternoon comes on the heels of a police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that left Jacob Blake, who is also Black, paralyzed and spurred days of protests, reinvigorating the national debate on racial injustice and policing. Some said they didn't think the shooting was justified. TV news helicopters showed a gun near the body.
Irby said a short time later, she saw Kizzee scuffle with a deputy, who backed away and then shot him.
Dean said he did not know how many times Kizzee was shot.
"If he reached down to grab it, that's different", Givens told the Times. "That means he was unarmed".
The shooting came just a day before the L.A. County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote on a motion to purchase hundreds of body cameras for deputies, who now are not required to wear them, CBSLA reported. "We will get all of the facts of this case and eventually present them". Sheriff Alex Villanueva has repeatedly asked the board to approve the money for the body cameras.