California police shoot and kill gunman on beach near U.S. surf competition

By Colleen Shalby
Los Angeles Times

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif .– Huntington Beach Police gunned down an armed suspect on the beach on Saturday afternoon as the US Open of Surfing was underway nearby.

The shooting took place around 3:15 p.m., police department spokeswoman Jennifer Carey told The Times.

The injured man was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Police said they received reports of a “suspicious man with a gun” on the beach. After officers located the suspect just south of the pier, police said he was “not complying with multiple orders.”

A firearm was recovered at the scene. But police did not say exactly what the man was doing when he failed to obey their orders and what sparked the shooting.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will take charge of the shooting investigation.

A witness, Ana Leticia, described hearing what she thought were fireworks before realizing that the police had shot a man. Many have witnessed or heard the shooting on the beach because the surf competition drew the crowds.

In a video taken at Sandy’s Beach Shack, rapid gunfire can be heard as witnesses nearby shout.

Several witnesses posted photos of the scene after the shooting on Twitter. One photo showed police officers with drawn guns standing over the man lying on his back. Huntington Beach Fire Department personnel were also at the scene as bystanders stood nearby.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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