Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot and wounded a man on Wednesday afternoon because they got nervous when he reached into his waistband and removed a black object which they believed to be a gun. The object was actually his cell phone.
The officers were looking for a suspected felon in the area when they approached the victim. In addition to the black object, the man also removed several other things from his waistband, including narcotics, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injuries.
The victim was not the felon who the officers were looking for, according to Sgt. Richard Pena of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
This is a release about the incident:
Deputies responded to a Burnside Avenue address in search of a felony suspect. The deputies observed a man who closely resembled the suspect and contacted him. The man reached into his waistband area and removed several objects, including narcotics, as well as a black object that he held in his hand.
Believing the man was arming himself, one of the deputies shot at him. The man ran to the rear of the residence and climbed over a wall. As the deputies followed, the man took a kneeling position facing the deputies with a black object still in his hand. Fearing that the man was about to shoot, both deputies fired their duty weapons at him.
The man was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The object the man was holding was later determined to be a black cellphone.