An image shared by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows Robertson holding what appears to be a handgun even after two deputies shot him.
A black man shot by Los Angeles County deputies never let go of a handgun even as he crawled away moments before dying, according to new security footage released by authorities Sunday.
The 28-year-old suspect’s death sparked a makeshift memorial and anti-police protests at the site of a gas station where police unleashed a barrage of more than 30 bullets at Nicholas Robertson.
Two deputies shot Robertson from behind because he ignored repeated commands to drop the weapon, investigators said of Saturday’s shooting.
“When he collapsed, his arms were underneath him, and the gun was still in his hand. There was never a time when the weapon was not in his possession,” homicide Capt. Steven Katz said at a media briefing.
The latest surveillance video comes as witnesses questioned why police continued to fire at Robertson, even as he fell to the ground and attempted to crawl away.
The victim’s wife said Robertson, a father of three children, was drunk and walking to the gas station where his mother had stopped to pick him up.
Nicholas Robertson, 28, a father of three from Lynwood, Calif., was shot to death by two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday morning.
The initial video of Robertson’s death sparked outrage for what his wife’s cousin described as an unjustified shooting.
“This man never turned at you and looked at you or pointed the gun at you. Nothing,” Monica Reddix said. “What they did yesterday was … point-blank murder.”
Both officers, who were not white, had a combined experience of two and a half years. They have not been identified.
The video also shows Robertson brazenly holding a weapon while strutting up and down a Lynwood intersection where two deputies confronted him within minutes of 911 calls.
“He’s handling the gun in an odd sort of way,” Katz said while sharing footage of Robertson’s final moments. “He seems to be agitated, so we’re not sure if this is because of circumstances or if there may be a drug nexus as well.”
Surveillance footage of Nicholas Robert’s final moments shows the 28-year-old holding a handgun in his left hand as he walked up and down a street on Saturday morning.
A “domestic discord” with Robertson’s spouse may have also been a factor in Robertson’s behavior, Katz added.
A .45-caliber weapon found near Robertson’s body was not registered to the victim. He allegedly brandished the gun inside a pizza shop where witnesses then watched the police shooting unfold across the street.
The gun had recently been fired, Katz said.
At least one witness told 911 dispatchers Robertson fired six to seven rounds into the air.
The video does not show Robertson pointing the gun directly at police though officers said it was pointed in their general direction.
With News Wire Services.
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