Abdul Arian, a Los Angeles area teenager, was killed in a hail of 90 bullets on the 101 Freeway in a scene that played out on live television.
As shown on KCAL9, Arian, 19, swerves in and out of the lanes of Highway 101 in Woodland Hills, Calif., Wednesday night as police cruisers pursue his vehicle. Officers were attempting to pull over Arian for reckless driving before he got on the highway, according to the Los Angeles Times.
One of the patrol cars then T-bones Arian's car as the 19-year-old gets out of the vehicle and runs away from the officers in pursuit of him.
The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that when the Winnetka, Calif., teen exited his car, he took what appeared to be an aggressive 'shooting stance' several times, extending his arms out, and pointing to an unknown object at the officers. This caused the officer at the scene to believe he was armed with a handgun.
As a spotlight from a police helicopter shines on Arian, officers can be seen shooting at Arian, who runs to the shoulder of the highway before collapsing.
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KCAL reported Arian made unusual demands to officers, asking them if he could stop his vehicle so he could get something out of the trunk.
Arian also claimed he had a gun to a 911 dispatcher, but in actuality he was unarmed.
I have been arrested before for possession of destructive devices, I'm not afraid of the cops, Arian said, according to the LAPD statement. If they pull their guns, I'm going to have to pull my gun out on them.
Arian's family said he dreamed of being a police officer and that he had never been in trouble with the law despite the statement he made to the dispatcher.
He was a good boy, he'd never had a fight, Zia Arian, one of the teen's uncles, told the Contra Costa Times. He was the straightest kid you could know.
Another uncle, Hamed Arian, was trying to make sense of the incident. Hamed Arian was the family member who identified his nephew's body for the coroner.
We are all devastated, he told the LA Times. We lost a young man who was a really good kid.
Hamed Arian told the Los Angeles Daily News that his nephew's behavior was outside of his character, but also criticized police for the number of shots fired at Abdul Arian.
Why did they have to be so trigger-happy? he asked.