Police shot to death a 37-year-old man named Alton Sterling, and the whole incident was captured in a 48-second video recorded on a bystander’s cell phone.
Alton Sterling was shot and killed about 12:35 a.m. Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
According to Fox News, he was selling CDs in front of the Triple S Food Mart at the corner of Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive.
It was noted that law enforcement officers had answered a disturbance call. Police told the press that during the call, the caller said that someone was threatening him with a gun.
Few details about the shooting was released by Baton Rouge Police. The most intriguing detail is whether Sterling was armed.
Abdullah Muflahi, the Triple S Food Mart’s owner, is a major witness related to the shooting. He informed the New Orleans Advocate that Sterling was armed. However, he also said that the 37-year-old was not holding a gun, not even touching his pockets during the incident.
Muflahi went on to say that the gun was later discovered in his pocket.
The end of the terrible ordeal could be seen in a brief video. At the end of the video, an officer can be heard shouting “get on the ground.” However, the officer is out of view of the camera.
An officer is seen charging at the man while the camera pans up. The officer then grabs him and tackles him onto the hood of a car and then puts him down on to the pavement.
A third officer starts kneeling on Sterling. One of the officers yells, after a few seconds, “He’s got a gun!” The officer who is kneeling on Sterling swiftly draws out his weapon.
“If you f*cking move, I swear to God!” says an officer.
The bystander drops the cell phone the moment two shots are heard. According to Heavy, three more shots were fired after a brief pause.
Alton Sterling was shot several times in the chest and back.