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This Oct. 1, 2016 frame from security camera video, released by the Los Angeles Police Department and posted on its website on Oct. 4, shows a suspect holding what appears to be a gun in the moments before he was fatally shot by officers in a police killing that has generated widespread protests. Police said the video supports the account Chief Charlie Beck gave Monday justifying the fatal shooting of Carnell Snell. Beck said Snell, 18, had a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun in one hand and turned toward officers when they fired. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)
October 04, 2016 - 12:17 PM

LOS ANGELES - The Latest on fatal shootings by police in Los Angeles (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says an armed man shot dead last weekend by police twice turned toward officers with a gun in his hand.

Beck disclosed the additional details Tuesday about the shooting of Carnell Snell after police released surveillance video of the suspect holding what appears to be a gun just before the shooting.

The chief said officers fired three shots when Snell turned toward them with the gun. Then he climbed a fence and turned again toward officers, who fired three more times. The shooting was not recorded on video.

Beck's comments came following a raucous police commission meeting that ended abruptly after protesters shouted for his resignation. One woman who said her son had been killed by police threatened to kill officers herself. No arrests were made.

10:45 a.m.

The president of the Los Angeles Police Commission says officials decided it was in the public's best interest to release surveillance video connected to the fatal shooting of an armed black man last weekend.

President Matt Johnson made the comments Tuesday during a meeting of the police department's board of civilian overseers. The meeting was called off because of constant interruptions from Black Lives Matter protesters.

Johnson warned that the investigation is in its preliminary stages and it is too early to determine whether the shooting was justified or not.

The video released Tuesday shows Carnell Snell holding what appears to be a gun in just before officers shot him.

Protester Melina Abdullah accused police of selectively releasing a portion of video to justify the shooting and "posthumously assassinate the character of our brother Carnell Snell."

Police have said the 45-second clip is the only footage they have so far showing Snell.

9:45 a.m.

Black Lives Matter protesters are disrupting a meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission in response to the fatal shooting of a young black man by police last Saturday.

The Los Angeles Police Department's board of civilian overseers convened at midmorning Tuesday as demonstrators shouted for the resignation of Chief Charlie Beck.

It's the first meeting of the panel since 18-year-old Carnell Snell was shot and killed during a foot pursuit in South Los Angles.

The meeting comes as the LAPD released surveillance video showing a suspect holding what appears to be a gun just before the fatal shooting.

Beck said Monday that the video shows Snell was armed and turned toward officers when they opened fire.

9 a.m.

Los Angeles police have released surveillance video showing a suspect holding what appears to be a gun just before he was fatally shot Saturday by officers.

The footage posted Tuesday to LAPD's YouTube channel shows a man in grey sweat pants and a blue hooded sweat shirt crouching behind an SUV and pulling a handgun from his waistband. He puts the gun back into his pants and runs around the corner of a strip mall as officers pursue him.

Police say the video supports the account Chief Charlie Beck gave Monday justifying the October 1 fatal shooting of Carnell Snell. Beck said Snell had a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun in one hand and turned toward officers when they fired.

Black Lives Matter organizers are protesting the shooting outside a meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission.

6:40 a.m.

Black Lives Matter organizers are planning a protest at a meeting of the Los Angeles Police Commission in response to the fatal shooting of a young black man by police last weekend.

The Los Angeles Police Department's board of civilian overseers convenes at midmorning Tuesday.

It's the first meeting of the panel since 18-year-old Carnell Snell was shot and killed during a foot pursuit in South Los Angeles on Saturday.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that Snell had a fully loaded semi-automatic handgun in one hand and turned toward officers when they fired. Beck says a surveillance video shows Snell was armed.

Beck also said a Hispanic man fatally shot Sunday pointed a realistic-looking replica handgun at officers.

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