A second video in the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, taken from another angle, has been surfaced. You can watch the video below:
The video was recorded on a cell phone by Abdullah Muflahi, the owner of the convenience store where Sterling was fatally shot by Baton Rouge police early Tuesday morning. The officers involved in the shooting, identified as Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake II, have been placed on paid administrative leave as the shooting is investigated. Local authorities have asked the FBI to take the lead in the investigation.
The new 38-second video shows Sterling pinned on the ground by the two officers. One of the officers then yells, “he’s got a gun!” He then tells Sterling, “if you f*cking move, I swear to God!” One of the officers then can be heard saying what appears to be, “he’s going for the gun!”
Two shots are then heard. The camera pans away and one officer yells “get on the ground!” Two more shots are heard. An officer then calls in the shooting on the radio as one yells, “f*ck.”
The officer can then be seen taking what appears to be a gun from Sterling’s pocket. Sterling, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, is still moving after the shooting. The coroner said he died of multiple gunshot wounds to the back and chest.
In the first video, Sterling can be seen being slammed into a car and then down to the ground by one of the officers, but the action seen in the second video is blocked by the car.
You can watch the first video below:
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.
Muflahi told The Advocate that Sterling was armed, but said he 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. Police have not confirmed his version of events.
You can watch video of Muflahi talking about what he saw during the shooting, recorded by a reporter for The Advocate, below:
The officers both said they “believe they were completely justified in using deadly force,” Moore aid.
Read more about Sterling and the shooting at the link below:
Read more about Alton Sterling in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com: