Brian Beaird, a 51-year-old ex-military man, was fatally shot by LAPD officers on live television last weekend. He was unarmed, briefly raised his hands, and appeared to have his back to police when cops opened fire following a long and perilous pursuit from southeast L.A. County to downtown.
This afternoon the LAPD sent out a statement in which Chief Charlie Beck says he's “very concerned” about the shooting. The top cop said the three officers who opened fire …
… were sent home until the department's investigation into why they apparently slipped up is completed:
After hearing the preliminary briefing, I am very concerned about the circumstances that led up to and resulted in this Officer Involved Shooting. Because of those concerns I have directed that the three involved officers be assigned home pending the final results of the investigation. Determinations regarding training or possible disciplining of the involved officers will be made at that time
The chase involving a late-model Corvette, being driven wildly by Beaird, ended at Los Angeles Street and Olympic Boulevard about 10:15 p.m. Saturday when the sports car tagged the rear end of a vehicle going through the intersection and spun around.
After he got out of the car Beaird walked around the back, raised his hands a little, and then appeared to grab his gut, go down and almost curl up — after officers opened fire.
Although the CHP and Sheriff's deputies had been involved in the pursuit at times, LAPD Newton Division officers were on the car's tail as it crashed on their southern downtown turf, and Beck says three of those officers squeezed their triggers.
The trio reportedly fired at least six rounds each.
Beaird was taken to California Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the LAPD stated. The other car involved in the collision had two people inside, one of whom had to be hospitalized for serious injuries, cops said.
The department states that, alongside its own internal investigation, there will be an inquiry by the District Attorney's office and “an independent review” that “will be conducted by the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the Department's use-of-force policy … “