LOS ANGELES (NewsNation) — Multiple agencies are investigating after two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a Black man Monday.
A crowd gathered and marched to a sheriff’s station following the Monday afternoon shooting, demanding justice.
Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Dean said two deputies from the South Los Angeles station were driving when they saw a man riding his bicycle in violation of vehicle codes, according to NewsNation affiliate KTLA. It was not known which codes the man allegedly broke, Dean said.
When deputies tried to stop the man, he dropped his bike and ran, with deputies in pursuit, Dean said. Deputies again tried to stop the man, and Dean said the man then punched a deputy in the face. The man then dropped a bundle of clothes he’d been carrying and they spotted a black handgun in the bundle, at which point both deputies opened fire, Dean said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s department only identified him as a Black man in his 30s.
The handgun was recovered and no deputies were injured, the department said.
While the sheriff’s department didn’t release the man’s name, his family and the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter identified him as Dijon Kizzee, 29.
More than 100 people marched to a sheriff’s station on Imperial Highway Monday.
Arlander Givens, 68, lives near where the shooting happened. He questioned why deputies fired at a man who, according to the sheriff’s official, wasn’t holding a weapon.
“If he reached down to grab it, that’s different,” Givens told the Los Angeles Times. “But if it’s on the ground, why shoot? That means he was unarmed.”
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted in a statement that multiple independent investigations began at the scene, as is customary with deputy-involved shootings.
Investigators are looking for more witnesses and evidence, including cell phone or surveillance footage, KTLA reported. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, or submit an anonymous tip to LA Crime Stoppers.
Read Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statement:
“Whenever a deputy-involved shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, and it results in the fatality of a person, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene. These include separate investigations by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately notifies the Office of the Inspector General who sends a representative to the incident scene and provides independent oversight throughout the investigative process. Once concluded, a preliminary review is conducted by the Critical Incident Review Panel to determine whether any immediate actions are warranted. Every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee. Input from Constitutional Policing Advisors is provided during the process. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Justice System Integrity Division, conducts a legal analysis to determine whether any criminal charges will be filed and if the shooting was legally justified.“Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SPOKESPERSON
The Associated Press and NewsNation affiliate KTLA contributed to this report.