Police in Louisiana have fatally shot a black man who allegedly had a knife, after he ignored orders to stop and walked away from them towards the entrance of a gas station convenience store.
Bystander video captured the shooting, which unfolded around 8pm on Friday in Lafayette, at a Shell gas station at the intersection of Northeast Evangeline Thruway and Chalmette Drive.
The video shows witnesses shouting ‘he got a knife’ and ‘they gonna shoot him’ as the man marches swiftly away from cops and toward the entrance of the Shell station. ‘Get on the ground!’ one witness is heard pleading in vain.
Rickasha Montgomery, the witness who filmed the video, told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser that police tasered the man to no effect.
Police say the incident unfolded after Layfayette Police Department officers responded to a 911 call of a disturbance at a Circle K gas station on Northeast Evangeline Thruway.
Officers say that they pursued the man on foot for about half a mile before the shooting took place at the Shell station, which was busy with multiple customers at the pumps.
Witnesses said that police attempted to use a taser to subdue the man, but that it seemingly had no effect.
As the man came within feet of the door to the occupied convenience mart, police opened fire, shooting 11 times.
After opening fire, police were seen motioning to people inside the station’s convenience mart, appearing to wave them back from the windows of the store as the dangerous situation unfolded.
‘When I heard the gunshots, I couldn’t hold my phone like I was first filming,’ Montgomery told the Advertiser.
‘I feel kind of scared about it. I’m traumatized. You’re so used to hearing about this, but I never thought I would experience it,’ she added.
Louisiana State Police are taking over the investigation into the shooting.
Authorities have not identified the man, but confirmed his death on Saturday.
Police have also so far declined to confirm whether the man was armed, or how many officers opened fire.