Lynwood shooting 2015: Video footage and pictures taken moments before a fatal shooting in Los Angeles reveal that the suspect was armed with a handgun, LA County Sheriff’s Department officials said. The video also shows that the gunman did not drop the weapon even after he fell to the ground.
In the video, the suspect can be seen walking down a street in Lynwood, California, armed with a .45 caliber gun. Only six minutes before the shooting began, six to seven shots were fired into the air. Pictures were also displayed by the Sheriff’s Department that showed the suspect was armed with a gun, ABC News reports.
The suspect was killed at the scene of the shooting, which started at around 11:10 a.m. at the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The suspect was later identified as Nicholas Robertson, 28, a married father of three.
In a statement from the LASD, there were multiple emergency calls received by deputies of a “man with a gun” and that there were “shots fired.” Robertson was located in front of a busy Arco Gas Station when the deputies arrived. He did not comply with the deputies’ instructions to drop the weapon. “He did not comply with their repeated requests to drop the weapon,” LASD Homicide Unit Capt. Steven Katz said. “The suspect presented a threat to the deputies and to the community and they took the action that they did.”
Hernandez said that Robertson was shooting at one point of time. However, it has not been determined where he was allegedly shooting.
Robertson was given “several commands” to drop his weapon. “We have witnesses that say that the suspect turned, pointed the gun at the deputies, and a deputy-involved shooting occurred,” Hernandez said. Deputies fired 33 bullets at Robertson, who did not drop the gun after being hit. “When he collapsed, his arms were underneath him, and the gun was still in his hand,” Katz said. “There was never a time when the weapon was not in his possession.”
According to KTLA, Hernandez said that Robertson appeared to be armed with a .45 caliber handgun. Hernandez added that the two “real bullets” located matched those of the weapon.