The police killing of a fugitive that was broadcast live in Los Angeles on Monday ended when an officer fired at the man because the officer thought he saw him reach for a weapon, police officials say, according to the Los Angeles Times. Coroner’s investigators found 10 bullet wounds in Nicholas Hans Killinger, who was shot at the end of a 90-minute chase. Officials said officers began shooting in fear for their lives when Killinger, 23, put his car in reverse and backed up toward them. Eventually, no weapon was found on or near Killinger.
As criticism of the fatal shooting mounted, the police department offered a more detailed account. Police Chief William Bratton said the shooting would be reviewed by his department with a “fine-tooth comb.” He said the incident revived a review of whether deadly force should be used when the danger to officers is from a vehicle.
Cincinnati and Boston bar officers from shooting at moving vehicles in all but extreme cases. Los Angeles policy prohibits shooting at or from moving vehicles except when an officer faces the threat of death or serious injury.
Attorney Stephen Yagman, who has handled several police shooting cases, will represent Killinger’s relatives.”What happened is murderous and totally nuts,” he said.