Here we go again, a 48 second video that was shot by a by stander shows the fatal shooting of a 37-year-old man by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sterling was selling CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart, at the corner of Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive, WAFB-TV reports.
Officers had responded to a disturbance call in which the caller said someone had been threatening him with a gun, police told the news station.
Baton Rouge Police have released few details about the shooting, including whether Sterling was armed. A witness, the store’s owner, Abdullah Muflahi, told the Advocate Sterling was armed, but was not holding his gun or touching his pockets during the incident, the Advocate reports. The gun was later found in his pocket, Muflahi told the newspaper.
The brief video shows the end of the incident. An officer can be heard yelling “get on the ground,” out of the view of the cell phone camera. As the camera pans up, an officer is seen charging at Sterling, grabbing him and tackling him into the hood of a car and then down to the pavement.
Another officer can then be seen kneeling on Sterling. After a few seconds one of the officers yells, “He’s got a gun!” The officer seen in the video kneeling on Sterling draws his weapon and one of them says, “if you f*cking move, I swear to God!”
Two shots can then be heard and the bystander drops the cell phone. Three more shots are then fired after a brief pause. Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest and back, the Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office told WAFB.
Two officers, who have not been identified, have been placed on administrative leave.
Police said in addition to the witness video, there is dashcam video and surveillance video from the convenience store. Investigators said there may also be body camera footage.