Long Beach, CA Police said Thursday that an officer fatally shot an intoxicated man after they received reports he had fallen out of a second-story window Wednesday.
The officer first used a stun gun in an attempt to subdue the man, before officers shot him an undetermined amount of times, ending his life.
Police say an officer responded to reports by the fire department that an intoxicated and aggressive man had fallen out of a second-story window in the 4600 block of East 15th Street about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Police say witnesses told them that the drunken man was acting erratically and had fought with his friends, before they tried to restrain him. During the struggle, witness say, the man leaped into a glass window and fell from the building.
After arriving on the scene, the injured man, who was covered in blood approached the officer, police say.
After the officer asked the man to stop, his pace quickened and the officer sensed that the man was “going to assault him,” police say.
According to police, the unidentified officer issued oral commands, used a stun gun and then applied physical force, but the man did not comply.
Police say the man “again advanced toward the officer, telling the officer he was going to attack him,” so the officer shot and killed him.
The man, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Officials did not say how many times the man was shot or if he was found in any possession of weapons – meaning he was most likely unarmed.
The Long Beach Police Department says it has launched an internal investigation into the incident.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is also conducting a separate investigation, which is standard practice in officer-involved shootings.
Wednesday’s fatal shooting is the fourth involving Long Beach police in the last 12 months. Since January 2000, 42 people have been shot and killed by police in Long Beach.
Update: The deceased has been identified as 20-year-old Feras Morad, described by his family as a national debate competitor and student set to begin classes at Cal State Long Beach to study political science and business economics.
Morad had a 3.9 GPA at Moorpark College. He graduated from El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills in 2013.
He competed in state and national debates, and brought his school to the National Speech and Debate Championship Tournament for only the second time in its history.
He was accepted into UCLA and UC Berkeley but chose Cal State to save money.
A Facebook page called “Justice For Feras Morad” says he was “was unarmed and in desperate need of medical attention” when shot by police.
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