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The statement alleges the man “began turning towards the officer and bystanders with the gun still in his hand,” which was when the officer fired his weapon “multiple times” into the suspect, who later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.
Protesters who took to the streets on Friday, however, argued that the officer should not have resorted to lethal force even if the suspect was indeed armed.
SAN BERNARDINO: A BLM supporter claims the officer who shot and killed Mark Matthew Bender after realizing he was armed with a weapon wasn’t justified
The man claims “whether he had a gun or not, he (the officer) is supposed to follow a certain protocol” pic.twitter.com/it2sfB8TSZ
— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) October 24, 2020
An investigation into the case is now underway.
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