WATCH: Citizen's Camera Captures Police Shooting of Baton Rouge Man After Officers' Body Cameras 'Fell Off'
In Baton Rouge, Louisiana late Tuesday night two white police officers rushed downtown in response to “a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music cd’s and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun,” outside the Triple S Food Mart, a convenience store, a Facebook post by Baton Rouge Police Department said.
The suspect was a 37-year-old Alton Sterling, whom the police officers attempted to detain when arriving at the scene.
Soon after, Sterling was pinned down, shot and killed by the police. While the police officers’ body cameras conveniently “fell off” according to Police Chief Carl Dabadie, there was a video recorded of the scene, which has since circulated on social media.
"I don't think it was handled correctly at all," said Abdul Muflahi, the store owner, who witnessed the shooting. "It could have been handled, the situation, better."
Details surrounding the crime continue to surface.
According to WBRZ ABC2, “Sterling has a criminal history that consists of charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile back in 2000… [and] a spokesperson for Baton Rouge Police says the officer who shot Sterling on Tuesday is on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.”
But the shooting brings back the memories of so many others, which Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden addressed in his statement about the tragic incident.
“This is not going to be a coverup,” Holden said.