Lamon Khiry Haslip, 18, of Ontario was shot Friday night when officers noticed he had a gun, police said.
At the time, Haslip was lying on the ground and handcuffed, but officers said he had rolled on his side, and one “officer backed away from the subject and announced that the subject had a gun,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting with the investigation.
There also was a second officer there, and it was not immediately clear which officer opened fire. Haslip died at the scene.
Officers had been dispatched to Fir Avenue in Moreno Valley on a call about a gang-related “man with a gun” that came in at 8:38 p.m. Friday. The caller said “several males” were in front of a residence “creating a disturbance and brandishing guns,” the Sheriff’s Department said.
The first officer arrived within two minutes and was told that the people involved had fled in a vehicle. Minutes later, a car with Haslip in it drove by, and the person who had called the police identified the car as one involved in the earlier incident.
When the officer tried to stop the car, Haslip allegedly attempted to flee on foot. The officer caught Haslip and placed him in handcuffs on the ground, police said.
A second officer arrived just before the shooting. The officers reported finding a gun in Haslip’s possession.
The officer who shot Haslip was placed on administrative leave pending further investigation, which is the department’s policy. No officers were injured.
Authorities are asking witnesses or anyone else with relevant information to call the sheriff’s central homicide unit at (951) 955-2777 or the Police Department at (951) 486-6700.
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