Moment teenager with airsoft gun fatally shot by police outside home

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While responding to a domestic violence call, Los Angeles, California police fatally shot a 19-year-old man who was holding what turned out to be an airsoft gun.

Disturbing body camera footage of the Sept. 17 shooting was released Monday showing the tragic death of 19-year-old Luis Herrera.

Herrera had called 911 several times claiming he needed help because his father was drunk and hitting his mother.

‘I tried to get involved and now he’s attacking me,’ he can be heard telling the 911 dispatcher in a portion of the call released by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers arrived at the home after the teenager called to report his father had hit his mother (Image: LAPD)

Officers arrived at the home after the teenager called to report his father had hit his mother (Image: LAPD)

The startling body camera footage shows two LAPD officers arriving at the home around 1:20 p.m. and knocking on the door.

A man, later identified as Herrera, steps out “with what appeared to be a black rifle,” the LAPD said in a news release. Investigators later found he had a realistic-looking airsoft rifle or a replica toy gun used in airsoft sports.

The officers immediately took cover on the side of the home and ordered Herrera to drop the weapon. However, Herrera did not comply and instead pointed the toy gun at the officers.

The teenager was then hit by gunfire and fell to the floor as officers continued to yell at him to ‘drop the gun’.

Grab: CCTV & Police Bodycam Footage from LAPD https://www.usetmx.com/details?cId=17641 On September 17, 2022, at about  1:20 p.m., Southeast Division patrol officers responded to a radio call about a family dispute at  a residence in the 400 block of West 102nd Street.  As officers approached the residence, a man, later identified as 19-year-old Luis Herrera, came out of the front door carrying what appeared to be a black rifle.  The officers gave Herrera commands to drop the rifle, but Herrera did not comply.  Herrera shouldered the rifle and pointed it at the officers, resulting in an OIS.  Herrera was hit by gunfire and fell to the ground.

Officers gave Herrera commands to drop the rifle, but Herrera did not comply (Image: LAPD)

“The officers moved themselves and gave Herrera verbal commands to drop the rifle,” LAPD Capt. Kelly Muniz said in a recount of the bodycam video.

‘However, he did not comply with the officers’ commands and shouldered the gun and pointed it directly at the officers, resulting in an officer-involved shooting.’

After the shooting, Herrera’s family rushed outside, prompting police to call for backup and order them inside the house.

“That is my son!” a woman is heard screaming on the video as Herrera lay on the ground with a rifle in his hand. Police also found a fake handgun made to look like a Glock pistol in the home.

Grab: CCTV & Police Bodycam Footage from LAPD https://www.usetmx.com/details?cId=17641 On September 17, 2022, at about  1:20 p.m., Southeast Division patrol officers responded to a radio call about a family dispute at  a residence in the 400 block of West 102nd Street.  As officers approached the residence, a man, later identified as 19-year-old Luis Herrera, came out of the front door carrying what appeared to be a black rifle.  The officers gave Herrera commands to drop the rifle, but Herrera did not comply.  Herrera shouldered the rifle and pointed it at the officers, resulting in an OIS.  Herrera was hit by gunfire and fell to the ground.

Herrera was hit and fell to the ground while still holding the toy gun (Image: LAPD)

Herrera’s father then comes out of the house and told officers the gun his son was holding was an airsoft rifle that fires plastic bullets, the video shows.

After the shooting, officers continued to tell Herrera to drop the gun as he laid on the ground. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics eventually arrive and pronounce Herrera dead at the scene.

The officer who fatally shot Herrera was identified as Luis Navarrete, who has since been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation.

A separate investigation also revealed there was no evidence of domestic violence involving Herrera’s parents, despite his 911 calls indicating otherwise.

The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is investigating the shooting to determine if the use of deadly force was justified.

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