LAPD releases video from weekend shooting of Carnell Snell

Posted at 9:32 AM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 12:32:50-04

Los Angeles police released surveillance video showing the moments leading up to the shooting of Carnell Snell Jr. in South L.A.

The footage, which was posted to LAPD's YouTube channel on Tuesday morning, shows a man in a blue hooded sweatshirt, running with a gun clearly in his hand.

The man hides behind a car for a few seconds, then runs around the corner, chased by a police officer.

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The actual shooting was not captured on video, which was surveillance footage from a local business, police said.

Police told Eyewitness News that no further footage will be released.
LAPD Chief Beck said on Monday that footage reviewed by investigators supported police officers' version of events.

Shortly before noon on Saturday, police officers spotted a blue Nissan Altima with paper plates, whose year did not match the car, in the area of 108th Street and Western Avenue, Beck said.

Officers, who suspected the Altima was stolen, began following the car. Beck said a man, later identified as Snell, exited the car when it slowed down.

Beck said officers believed that Snell had a gun due to the way he was holding his waistband. A short pursuit ensued, during which Snell allegedly held a firearm in his left hand.

Police said at one point, Snell turned toward the officers in the 1700 block of 107th Street, and an officer-involved shooting occurred.

Police opened fire six times, striking Snell twice -- in his knee and torso, according to Beck. Snell was pronounced dead at the scene, and a fully loaded, .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun was recovered less than 5 feet away from him, LAPD investigators said.

This was one of two fatal officer-involved shootings over the weekend. On Sunday, police shot and killed a man who they say turned toward them with an object in his hand.

A replica handgun was recovered at the scene, according to Beck, who added that the muzzle's orange tip had been colored black.

The man killed in the second incident has not yet been identified.

The shootings come amid heightened tensions over police actions involving black people and other minorities across the country.

A protest was expected Tuesday at a meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission, the department's board of civilian overseers who now routinely face raucous demonstrators.