Cops gun down knife-wielding suspect on Hollywood’s crowded Walk of Fame
On Friday night, Los Angeles Police Department officers gunned down a man in the middle of a crowd of people along Hollywood’s famous Walk of Fame.
According to Buzzfeed, at around 7 p.m. on Friday, officers responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Arriving on the scene, they found a man wielding a knife and gunned him down.
The suspect died in the hospital later that evening, said Los Angeles Police Officer Jane Kim.
Witness Lisa Bregman told Buzzfeed that she was driving through the intersection just as police gunshots rang out.
When she looked up, she said, there was a man on the ground.
“It was more than one or two” gunshots, Bergman said. “Like, maybe three or four.”
Bergman said the man appeared to be breathing, still, as he lay on the pavement.
Think Progress reported that witness statements vary widely as to what exactly transpired at the intersection.
Bucket drummer Bruce Cherry told the L.A. Times that the man had his hands in his pockets when police shot him.
“I don’t know what he had but I can say that when they told him to get down and comply, he did not at all. He had his hands outside of his pockets. When they ran up on him, he went inside of his pockets and stuck both hands inside of his pockets,” Cherry said. “That’s when they pulled out on him, that’s when the shots rang out.”
The suspect’s name has not been released.