Friday, December 31, 2010

Man Killed by Police Was Holding Hose Nozzle, Not Gun

December 14, 2010



LONG BEACH (KTLA) — A man shot to death by two police officers was found to have pointed a pistol-grip water nozzle at them rather than a weapon, the police chief said Monday at a news conference marked by sobs from the victim’s relatives.

Police were called at 4:40 p.m. Sunday to investigate the report of a man with a gun in the 5300 block of Ocean Boulevard near Glendora Avenue, said Long Beach Sgt. Dina Zapalski.

Officers say they fired at Douglas Zerby when he pointed the black metal-tipped object at them in a two-handed posture that looked like what a person would do when they are about to shoot a weapon, Chief Jim McDonnell said.

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