25-year-old Ezell Ford was fatally shot in the back, right arm and abdomen by LAPD police, according to an autopsy report released on Monday.
The report was made public more than four months after Ford, 25, was fatally shot by LAPD officers in South Los Angeles near his home on the 200 block of West 65th Street on Aug. 11. Family members say Ford was mentally challenged and harmless.
“Let the system work … we will find out the truth of what happened on that August night,” Beck said during a news conference.
Police said Ford was about to force one of the officers to the ground as he resisted arrest. While he was on top of the officer, he “grabbed the officer’s handgun and attempted to remove the gun from its holster.”
The officer then yelled out to his partner that Mr. Ford had his gun. His partner then fired two rounds striking Ford in the right side of his abdomen, his right arm and in the back.
No officers were injured.
Witnesses dispute the officers’ account of the incident with some telling officials that Ford was face-down on the ground when he was shot.
An investigation is ongoing.
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