Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office shot and killed a Black man being identified as Dijon Kizzee Monday afternoon. The department has since released limited information about the moments leading up to the shooting.
A video of the shooting appeared on social media, showing a man running down the street with suspected clothing items in his hands. Two deputies appear in the video, standing on the sidewalk with their guns drawn. Shortly after, a man can be seen laying on the ground, Buzzfeed News reports.
According to CBS LA, Kizzee was riding a bike but was stopped for a vehicle violation.
After the video circulated online, the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter tweeted, calling on people to head to the scene where the shooting took place.
"His name is #DijonKizzee and LA County Sheriffs stole his life. Stand for him. Stand with the community on 109th & Budlong RIGHT NOW. *White folks, please defer to Black leadership. #BlackLivesMatter," the tweet read.
— #BlackLivesMatter-LA (@BLMLA) September 1, 2020
The sheriff's office posted a tweet, giving their initial report of the shooting. According to the department, a gun was recovered among the items that the man dropped while running.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) September 1, 2020
"During the contact, a fight ensued between the suspect and deputies. The suspect produced a handgun and a deputy-involved 'hit' shooting occurred. The suspect’s handgun was recovered. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene," the department tweeted.
Lt. Brandon Dean with the LA sheriff's department told CBS LA that the man had dropped the gun before he was shot.
“Our suspect was holding some items of clothing in his hands, punched one of the officers in the face, and then dropped the items in his hands,” Dean told the station. “The deputies noticed that inside the clothing items that he dropped was a black semiautomatic handgun, at which time a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
“Give us time to conduct our investigation. We will get all the facts of the case out and eventually present them,” he added.
During the protest in south Los Angeles, Black Lives Matter co-founder Melina Abdullah told the crowd to chant Kizzee's name.
“They stole his life, they’re going to assassinate his character, and they’re going to try to criminalize this community,” Abdullah said.
#DijonKizzee, a 29yo Black man, was fatally shot by @LASDHQ deputies. Cops stopped him while riding his bike for alleged “vehicle code violation.” They say he ran, dropped clothes and handgun. He didn't pick it up, but cops shot him in the back 20+ times then left him for hours. pic.twitter.com/CF1hVihywv
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 1, 2020
A witness of the shooting who didn't want to be identified described the moments before the shooting.
"He had a towel and he had his clothes and his pants couldn’t even stay up, so that’s what made him slow down so they had enough to get him,” she said. “They didn’t have to shoot him more than 5 times, they could have shot him one time in the leg."
“What’s the use of having the prison system if y’all are just gonna kill us,” the woman said through tears. “What are y’all here for? Who are you protecting?”
According to CBS LA, video after the shooting showed officials attempting to perform medical assistance to Kizzee who was pronounced dead on the scene.
It is unclear exactly how many times Kizzee was shot by deputies and investigators have yet to release additional information describing the moments before the shooting.