Police fatally shot an unarmed black male after he refused to drop his gun in a car, authorities said Thursday.
“He did not comply with their commands,” a statement from Louisiana State Police said, according to the New York Times.
Police were responding to a report of a man in a stolen car and stopped the vehicle, and after he reached into the car for his gun, he “was approached by a second officer, who shot him in the head.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” one officer, Sgt. William Scott, told reporters, according the Times.
“It was just horrible.”
The incident came after a month of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014.
Brown’s death sparked protests nationwide and sparked nationwide protests over racial disparities in police force.
President Donald Trump called for protests and a nationwide “Day Without A Black Man” on Saturday, but later backed off the idea after protests broke out in the U.S. He also took aim at the police department and said he wants the federal government to take over the state police and restore law and order.
The shooting happened near the intersection of Main Street and Lafayette Street in Baton Rose, according CNN affiliate WVUE.
A passerby called police and said that a man with a gun was inside the car, the station reported.
When officers approached the car they saw that the suspect had dropped his gun and the vehicle was not in the middle of the street, according WVU.
Officers opened fire on the car and a witness who had a camera in his vehicle captured the shots.
Video of the shooting, which was captured by a bystander, was shared on social media and went viral on Thursday.
A crowd gathered to watch the video, and one man was filmed holding up a sign that said, “I’m not a killer.”
WVUE reported that the department did not provide a motive for the shooting and the video was not immediately available.
The city’s mayor, John Blackmon, told the Times that the officers who shot the man were trained to use deadly force, but said the department should be held accountable for the actions of its officers.
WPLG reported that Baton Rouge Police Chief Eddie Compass said the shooting was a “very unfortunate incident” and the department was reviewing the video.
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