A man fatally shot by a Huntington Beach police officer in an incident that was captured on multiple cell phone videos was identified Monday, reported KTLA.
The Orange County coroner’s office identified the man as Dillan Tabares, 27. He died Friday, Sept. 22, at UC Irvine Medical Center about 38 minutes after he was shot outside a 7-Eleven at 6012 Edinger Ave.
A 17-second video of the incident was posted to Twitter just after 9:30 a.m. It shows an officer firing multiple times at Tabares, who falls to the sidewalk. Tavares was unarmed and did not pose any apparent danger to the officer. authorities told reporters.
Tabares’ shooting drew attention quickly in part because a witness tweeted the graphic video showing an officer firing at him seven times at close range for no apparent reason. The incident happened near Marina High School, which was placed on lockdown.
A Huntington Beach Police Department spokeswoman said the officer contacted a male individual outside the 7-Eleven at 6012 Edinger Ave. and they “got into an altercation.”
At a press conference, Huntington Beach Police Chief Robert Handy said police did not issue or receive a call requesting a law enforcement response at the 7-Eleven prior to the incident, Handy added, saying it was still unclear why the officer made contact with the man in the first place.
Tabares had gone to Marina High, and had served in the U.S. Navy, the KTLA reported. He wrote in a 2012 Facebook post that his security clearance was revoked and he had “ruined everything” after testing positive for THC while stationed in Virginia.
In the video showing the gunfire, the man, clad in dark pants and sweatshirt, is clearly holding something in his right hand before the shots are fired, causing him to convulse and stumble.
The officer then picks up a radio and speaks into it, but it’s not clear what he says.
In the hours after the shooting, people gathered outside the store, where a small memorial with flowers had been placed for the man killed. Neighbors in the area argued about whether the shooting was justified.
Two witnesses who were separately going to the 7-Eleven described the shooting. Both witnesses, who each did not want to be identified, said the officer approached the man. One of the witnesses said the man swung a punch toward the officer, while the other said the man “tried to throw a punch.”
Multiple “RIP” messages were posted on his Facebook page, which stated he was from Huntington Beach.
The officer has not been identified. He was placed on administrative leave.
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