Louisiana police officer fatally shoots suspect

A video of the incident, which was posted to social media, has sparked national attention.

"There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding Mr. Sterling's death", Richmond added.

Holden assured a full, fair investigation but said he was not going to do on-camera interviews about the shooting.

He said that the two officers involved had since been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

He said police believe only one officer fired shots.

The video is filmed from inside a vehicle. At the start of the clip one is heard shouting: "Get on the ground!"

McKneely said two officers at the scene had an altercation with the man and one officer fatally shot the suspect.

Two officers push a man against a silver sedan before pulling him to the ground on his back. As the camera pans up, an officer is seen charging at Sterling, grabbing him and tackling him into the hood of a auto and then down to the pavement.

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The Baton Rouge Police Department confirms that Sterling died during a shooting at the Triple S Food Mart, which is located at the corner of Fairfields Avenue and North Foster Drive.

He let Sterling sell CDs in front of the store. They eventually cleared the streets and moved to the sidewalks. "He was asking them what he did wrong". Police have not confirmed that the man had a gun on him.

Shop owner Abdullah Muflahi said that the officer claimed that Sterling was reaching for a gun but that was not the case.

The paper reported that an ambulance arrived at the scene at 12:46am, and the patient was already dead.

But Muflahi said he never saw a prior confrontation between Sterling and anyone that night.

"We have video from the store, we're going to get with the store owners, get their video", Cpl.

A news conference is planned for later Wednesday morning with state representative C. Denise Marcelle and other community leaders on the steps of the Baton Rouge City Hall.

In the video, one of the Baton Rouge cops appears to be yelling that Alton Sterling, 37, has a gun. A Baton Rouge school board member who knew Sterling is among those calling for answers. "My prayers and thoughts are with Mr. Sterling's family as they deal with this tragedy".

  • Sidney Guerrero