Police fatally shot a gunman on a California beach as bystanders watched
WARNING: Videos can be disturbing to watch.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) – A gunman was shot by police in front of bystanders in Huntington Beach, Southern California, over the weekend, authorities said, and was caught on camera.
The shooting took place around 3:15 p.m. Saturday after officers received information about a man with a gun in Huntington City Beach, police said in a news release.
Video of the incident shows a man, whom the Orange County Sheriff’s Department later identified as 43-year-old Ronnie Andrew Garcia, holding what appears to be a weapon under clothing as officers demand that he drops her.
The OCSD did not release Garcia’s city of residence.
When Garcia failed to comply, officers fired a few shots, at least one of which hit him in the abdomen, knocking him to the ground, the video shows.
As Garcia was on the ground, he frantically reached for the garment that appeared to hide a weapon, and officers fired several more rounds, appearing to hit Garcia multiple times, the video shows.
First aid was administered on the beach and Garcia was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
A firearm was found at the scene, Huntington Beach spokeswoman Jennifer Carey said.
Carey also expressed her gratitude that the US Open Surfing, which is held on the beach, had ended for the day.
“The crowd, the athletes had kind of dispersed,” Carey said. “It was a great thing about the timing. Also, because of the US Open, we had a lot of extra officers on hand. Thanks to this, our agents were able to respond to the call much faster and much more efficiently. »
The Orange County Sheriff‘s Department is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-855-TIP-OCCS.