Los Angeles Police were involved in a pursuit this past weekend that ended when Carnell Snell, 18, was shot dead. LAPD officials are now saying that Snell was armed with a fully loaded weapon and turned towards officers before being shot twice.
According to the Huffington Post, Snell was involved in a car chase turned foot race due to a suspected stolen vehicle. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says that officers pursued the teen on foot after he exited the backseat of what was a suspected stolen vehicle after they noticed its paper license plates.
“At one point during the foot pursuit … they observed him remove a handgun from his waistband and hold it in his left hand,” Beck said.
“He ran into a driveway … and while holding the handgun in his left hand he turned in the direction of the pursuing officers, at which time an officer-involved shooting occurred,” the chief said. “A total of six rounds were fired, and Carnell Snell was sent to the pavement.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that Snell was one of three people to exit the vehicle early Saturday afternoon. His younger sister, Trenell, said she was outside when she saw her brother running from police. She started to run in pursuit, heard gunshots and fell to the ground. After she got up, she saw her brother being handcuffed.
“At the end of the day, the cops came and shot my brother,” she said. “Killed my brother.”
Snell’s relatives say that he was shot outside of his own home, which he may have been fleeing towards.
Protestors have been active ever since the shooting, which likely only added fuel to the fire that was lit when Alfred Olango was fatally shot in El Cajon, a suburb of San Diego, after his sister called police to help him after suffering a seizure.