Report: LA police caught on camera shooting 'homeless' man dead

Report: LA police caught on camera shooting 'homeless' man dead

Police officers in Los Angeles have reportedly shot and killed a homeless man in a struggle over an officer's weapon, according to the Los Angeles Times newspaper.

The shooting, which was captured on video (below) by a witness, occurred yesterday on skid row after the man "began fighting and physically resisting the officers", according to Commander Andrew Smith.

Cmdr Smith said officers, who were responding to a report of a possible robbery in the area, approached the man and tried to arrest him.

He said they tried to use a Taser on the man but it was "ineffective" as the man and some of the officers fell to the ground.

Smith said: "At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer's weapons occurred. At that point an officer-involved shooting happened."

He said that three officers, including a sergeant, fired at the man, but it was unclear how many shots were fired.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and it's not clear if the man had any weapons.

Two officers were injured in the incident but details of those injuries have not been released.

Smith said the man was African American but it is has not been confirmed that the man was homeless.

Investigations are continuing at the scene.

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